- Kamaru Usman finished-off Gilbert Burns with strikes 34 seconds into the third round
- The Nigerian nightmare remains the reigning UFC Welterweight champion
- Burns put up a spectacular show in the first two rounds, but Usman seems much more experienced
Kamaru Usman has retained his UFC welterweight title having defeated Brazilian fighter Gilbert Burns in the wee hours of Sunday, February 14.
But it took the Nigerian nightmare a sensational comeback after Burns began the first round on a front foot.
The Brazilian charged across, took the center immediately and he got Usman backed up to the fence very early.
The Nigerian worked a jab to clear space and recover, and then another right hand from Burns, but Usman managed to sustain the early pressure.
In Round 2, Usman's corner called for more jabs and it appeared they were expecting a quick start from the challenger.
Burns was still throwing heavy power shots and he had the speed edge but Usman appeared to be seeing things better.
A power jab from Usman backed Burns up and a huge right hand from the champion droped the challenger.
The third started with Burns once again advancing but Usman dropped him with a power jab again!
The Nigerian nightmare then followed him down and he rained big shots! Burns was moving on the floor but was compromised.
More shots from Usman and Burns is in a world of trouble before referee Herb Dean jumped in to save Burns. Usman retains his world title.
The Nigerian nightmare said:
“I am the best on the planet for a reason. Now everybody out else, y’all need to put some respect on my name.
"I am the welterweight champ for a reason, and I’m here to stay."
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The 54-year-old could not outshine his opponent in the eighth round bout as they settled for a draw at the end of the match.
Though not as many fans were allowed into the arena, it was, however, a massive commercial success with 1.2 million pay-per-view buys.
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