The Pro Take: Kamaru Usman’s Violent Jab Stops Gilbert Burns at UFC 258

Gilbert Burns and Kamaru Usman, UFC 258
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 13: (R-L) Kamaru Usman of Nigeria punches Gilbert Burns of Brazil in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 258 event at UFC APEX on February 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

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.


Here is the Pros’ Take on what they thought of the UFC 258 main event.