UFC’s upcoming welterweight fighter and currently ranked #1 contender in the division – Gilbert Burns explains his advantages over the reigning welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
In an interview with Helen Yee, Gilbert commented on his strengths and how he is going to take every top contender in this division by storm. For most of his career, Burns fought at lightweight before making the shift to welterweight.
In the recently concluded interview, Burns revealed that he is satisfied and happy with his current physical and mental strength and wonders why he didn’t make the transition much earlier.
Below are the following comments made by Gilbert Burns ahead of his unannounced match up against Usman:
“I see a lot of advantages, For sure my jiu-jitsu. Any wrestlers in this division, Colby Covington, try taking me down. Just try it. I’ll be more than happy to not make it easy for guys to take me down. I might defend the shot or even take you guys down. As soon as I get on top, or even on the bottom, I’m able to submit or even sweep or do whatever with any one of these guys in the division.” Gilbert Burns said.
“Not only for the champion but for anyone, I’m a threat on my feet too,” Burns said. “I can kick, I can punch. I hit way harder than these guys. I have all the explosiveness. I’m fresh in the division. I don’t know how I didn’t make that change [from lightweight to welterweight] before, but right now I feel so good for that division.”
“I see a finish, I don’t know-how. I know I can submit him. I know I can knock him out. I’m just going to work super hard to make sure I’m in the best shape of my life. We’re already planning.”
“I have so much energy right now that I see the finish, I’m going to be looking for the finish every single minute, every single second of that fight. That’s what I’m looking for.”
Kamaru Usman vs Gilbert Burns?
From the following statements, it’s reasonable enough to observe and say that Burns has every intention to stay in this division for the upcoming future, and according to some people – he can also be the next champion after Usman.
Gilbert Burns has won 6 of his last 7 fights and has an impeccable record of 19-3 in the MMA world. His is recently coming off of a unanimous decision win over Tyron Woodley.
What are your thoughts on Usman vs Burns?