There were a lot of expectations to live up to in Khamzat Chimaev vs. Gilbert Burns at UFC 273.
Somehow, the welterweight duo even managed to surpass them.
Through a full three rounds, in a back-and-forth war immediately in the conversation for Fight of the Year, Chimaev and Burns battled it out. It’s worth underscoring that in just his fifth UFC fight, All-Stars Training Center fighter Chimaev was fighting the #2 ranked welterweight in the promotion. What’s more impressive, he immediately looked like he belonged.
That said, it was no cakewalk. There was no “smeshing” on Saturday at UFC 273. Burns proved game, and hurt Chimaev more than once. Right hands snapped his head back. Burns managed to hurt and bloody him more than once. But through 15 minutes we learned a lot about Khamzat Chimaev, including the fact that he has one impressively granite-like chin.
Arguably, the first round belonged to Chimaev, the second to Burns. In the third, the fight was up for grabs. Chimaev dictated where the bout was fought — he did that through most of the fight, stuffing takedown attempts with seeming ease — and began lighting up the former title challenger. It looked like Burns was on his way out, but he battled back, tagging Chimaev several times.
It wasn’t enough. All three judges scored the fight 29-28 for Khamzat Chimaev at the end of 15 minutes, though having said that, there were really no losers in the fight. Both men’s stock will rise, and both should be booked into big fights next.
The Pro Take
Khamzat’s fellow fighters certainly came out in droves to watch the fight, and there were plenty of Gilbert Burns supporters among them. Check out how the pros saw this barn-burner below!
Burns/Chimaev delivered big time! What a performance by both men. 👏
— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) April 10, 2022
— Jeremy Stephens (@LiLHeathenMMA) April 10, 2022
Holy shit what a freaking war both these guys are the real deal
— Mike "Biggie" Rhodes (@TeamRocBiggie) April 10, 2022
Amazing fight! Khamzat 2-1. But Burns looked GOOD. #UFC273
— Julia Avila (@RagingPandaMMA) April 10, 2022
All I can say is Thank you boys!!!! WOW #UFC273
— Zak Cummings (@ZakCummings) April 10, 2022
Man! I picked burns and that’s super close! I don’t care that was fucking awesome!
— Erik Jon Koch (@NEWBREED04) April 10, 2022
— Julian marquez (@JMarquezMMA) April 10, 2022
2 MORE ROUNDS!
— Dan “50k” Ige (@Dynamitedan808) April 10, 2022
This by far has been the greatest fight this year! 🔥#UFC273
— Ode' Osbourne 🇯🇲 (@OdeOsbourne) April 10, 2022
Two dawgs just scrapping !!!
— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) April 10, 2022
— John Wayne Makdessi (@JohnMakdessi) April 10, 2022
Amazing fight give me a draw
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) April 10, 2022
Holy moly that fight was great! #UFC273
— Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) April 10, 2022
WHAT A WAR!!!!!!#UFC273
— Jake Collier (@Jakecollier88) April 10, 2022
— Pannie Kianzad UFC (@PannieKianzad) April 10, 2022
— michael (@bisping) April 10, 2022
What. A. FIGHT!!!!🔥
— Mason Jones (@MasonJones1995) April 10, 2022
WOW!!!! WHAT A FIGHT!!!!! I think khamzat took it in the third but what a fight! #UFC273
— Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) April 10, 2022
Respect! Great Fight!!
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) April 10, 2022
Good fight! Definitely fight of the night! #UFC273
— Neil Magny (@NeilMagny) April 10, 2022
That was awesome 👏🏻#UFC273
— Mallory Martin (@MalloryyMartin) April 10, 2022
What’s a fight boys . Take a bow fellaz ! 💯 #UFC273
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) April 10, 2022
Gilbert burns is the winner idc what anybody says he won #UFC273
— Casey Oneill (@kingcaseymma) April 10, 2022
Wow these judges really just screwed my man!!! Burns won that bro!!!
— Jamahal Hill (@JamahalH) April 10, 2022
What a fight congrats @GilbertDurinho
— glover teixeira (@gloverteixeira) April 10, 2022
Burns is so humble #UFC273
— Kay Hansen (@KayHansenMMA) April 10, 2022
Gilbert won that fight f*ck what you heard
— Terrance ‘T Wrecks’ McKinney (@twrecks155) April 10, 2022
— Logan Storley (@storleystorm) April 10, 2022
Chimaev ain't no Khabib or Islam….or Cain. AKA smash different💯#UFC273
— Arjan Singh Bhullar (@TheOneASB) April 10, 2022