Kamaru Usman blasted away challenger Gilbert Burns on Saturday and prolonged his seemingly impregnable reign at the prime of the Closing Struggling with Championship (UFC) welterweight division with a third-round knockout at UFC 258 in Las Vegas.
“Right here is my cage,” Usman acknowledged afterwards.
“I’m the undisputed welterweight champion for a motive. I’m top-of-the-line on this planet for a motive. I’m right here to discontinue.”
The bout started with the Burns rushing the champion in the centre of the cage, touchdown a giant right to the temple with a minute long gone that left Usman wobbling.
But Usman dusted himself off, his rapier-love left jab came upon its brand, and the champion came upon his vary with some massive rights of his maintain earlier than the TKO used to be known as with 34 seconds of the third round long gone.
It used to be a straight right that build Burns on his support then, and Usman rained down the blows earlier than referee Herb Dean made the resolution.
“He caught me in the first round,” acknowledged Kamaru Usman.
“I idea: ‘Let’s toddle to work now’.”
The victory took his lifetime listing to 18-1, and the 33-year-outmoded dubbed the “Nigerian Nightmare” is now 13-0 in the UFC – the longest packed with life a hit hump across all divisions on this planet’s leading blended martial arts promotion.
It is additionally the longest-ever a hit hump for a welterweight in the UFC, surpassing the 12-0 by Canada’s aged champion Georges St-Pierre, arguably one of the best fighter the sport has viewed.
Saturday’s effort showcased the skill discipline that has taken Usman to the prime.
Burns came to MMA after a hit multiple world titles in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and Usman looked to shield up the action standing.
Burns had acknowledged coming into the fight that he had developed the vitality to study Usman on his feet and the first blow backed the bid.
But a trek then came upon the Brazilian on his support and Usman aged the time to recover, recalibrate, after which attain out with all weapons blazing.
Saturday’s 10-fight card used to be the first pay-per-discover tournament the UFC has hosted at its Las Vegas headquarters this year, after its UFC 257 card used to be staged within the “Fight Island” advanced in Abu Dhabi final month.
The UFC’s Apex facility in Las Vegas stays fan-free – with strict protocols being enforced – because the United States continues to fight with the coronavirus pandemic.
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