When two fighters train together inside the gym, they see the progression through the good times and bad, forming a bond that some might argue could never be broken. Of course, fighting coming down to individual efforts in the end, sometimes those relationships must be put aside. UFC 258’s main event was one of those occasions.
The chance to reign supreme and wrap one of the most prestigious titles in all of sports around their waist, the hunger to defend and the hunger to capture championship glory is all the fire that was needed for Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns to put their friendship on hold. The pair topped the UFC 258 card, after having trained together for years up until Usman parted ways with Sanford MMA.
After feeling the power of Gilbert Burns early in the fight, Kamaru Usman did what any champion would do: he adjusted. Usman used his powerful jab to do damage to the challenger Gilbert Burns, ultimately dropping him with a jab and finishing him in the third round. There is no doubt that Usman is the Welterweight King, breaking GSP’s record of consecutive UFC wins with 13. And there was a friendly embrace between the former training partners at the end of the battle. Usman and Burns had never let the fight become personal — it was all for the glory of being a UFC champion.
PROS GIVE THEIR TAKE
Here is the Pros’ Take on what they thought of the UFC 258 main event.
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) February 14, 2021
Usman came to play. Respect is earned. #UFC258
— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) February 14, 2021
WOW!!! That’s a BAAAAD MAN!#UFC258
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) February 14, 2021
You wish you could see us spar. @USMAN84kg only guy I train with that gets stronger as the round gets higher. Also a work ethic second to none. 🙏
— Justin Gaethje 🇺🇸 (@Justin_Gaethje) February 14, 2021
— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) February 14, 2021
— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) February 14, 2021
Told ya @ufc
— Chito Vera (@chitoveraUFC) February 14, 2021
Usman no joke #UFC258
— Johnny Muñoz (@KidKvenbo) February 14, 2021
What an impressive performance by the champ! That jab was a game changer..
Sucks to have to fight a teammate like that but that's the fight game #UFC258
— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) February 14, 2021
— Billy Q (@BillyQMMA) February 14, 2021
Usmans basics and timing 🔥
— Jalin Turner (@JalinTurner) February 14, 2021
Burns looked great in the first. I’m sure he’ll be back 👏🏽 #UFC258
— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) February 14, 2021
Usman kept his composure. Burns started strong but usman was Unphased.
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) February 14, 2021
You rep the division well!!! 🏆#ufc258
— Max Griffin (@MaxPainGriffin) February 14, 2021
Way for Usman to come back after the first! That was insane #UFC258
— Vince Morales (@vandetta135) February 14, 2021
Crazy back and forth there. Great main event! #UFC258
— Tanner Boser (@BulldozerBoser) February 14, 2021
— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) February 14, 2021
Respect over everything! https://t.co/KDN7NRJf27
— Herbert Burns (@HerbertBurnsMMA) February 14, 2021