You might want to put some respect on Kamaru Usman’s title after his efficiency Saturday evening.
The UFC welterweight champion endured a difficult first spherical after which patiently picked his spots earlier than violently placing away Gilbert Burns within the third spherical of the UFC 258 fundamental occasion from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
In a matchup of former teammates, Usman confirmed that he is among the best fighters on the planet by making changes, working behind the jab earlier than placing an finish to his opponent. The victory prolonged Usman’s UFC win streak to 12 and marked his third protection of the welterweight crown.
“This is my cage,” Usman mentioned. “I’m the champion for a reason. When you step in here there are no friends. He said he wanted something of mine and he wanted to take. I had to do what I needed to do. I’m the best on the planet for a reason. Everyone else needs to put some respect on my f—ing name!”
For a second, it felt as if Burns can be the one demanding respect. The combat opened with Burns clipping Usman with a proper hand and a head kick that buzzed the “Nigerian Nightmare.” But Usman collected himself and fired a pistonlike jab that repeatedly discovered its goal.
“I knew he hits hard,” Usman mentioned of the primary spherical. “That’s a majority of how sparring went. He’s got so much power in those hands. Any other fighter goes to sleep in this division.”
Usman’s resistance shined via within the second spherical as he stepped in and constantly fired the jab earlier than badly hurting Burns with a proper hand. The total combat turned at that very second, and Usman by no means regarded again.
“I’m a whole ‘nother savage when you get in here with me,” he mentioned.
With Burns melting in entrance of him, Usman had his meal able to be positioned within the oven. The third spherical opened with one other collection of jabs. A thudding shot put Burns on his again and Usman feasted on his fallen opponent with a bevy of strikes that prompted the combat to be halted 34 seconds into the spherical.
A brand new problem will likely be discovering a worthy opponent for Usman. The champion referred to as for a rematch with Jorge Masvidal, whom he defeated final July on brief discover at UFC 251, and promised to finish the combat inside the space. But if it is not Masvidal, then it may be anybody; the champion is prepared for all challenges.
“Any one of these fools can get it,” he mentioned.
Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns reside updates, highlights from UFC 258
Round 3 (1:01 a.m.): Usman instantly drops Burns with a jab, chases Burns to the bottom and pulverizes his former teammate to place an finish to the combat and accumulate one other title protection. What a efficiency.
Round 2 (12:55 a.m.): Sharp jab from Usman pushes Burns again. They trade and Burns stings Usman. Usman firing the jab. Hard proper hand by Usman staggers Burns. He’s in bother. Burns is melting. Jab places Burns on his again. Burns is up however your complete combat has modified. Burns shoots for a takedown however cannot get it. Usman, 10-9 (19-19)
Round 1 (12:49 a.m.): Burns presses the motion early and rocks Usman with a proper hand. Burns lands a head kick however slips to the canvas. Burns will get labored over for a second on the canvas however will get again to his toes the place he has a bonus. Usman with a tough leg kick. Usman’s not taking these strikes from Burns nicely. Burns, 10-9
12:32 a.m.: It’s fundamental occasion time! Former teammates Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns will conflict for Usman’s welterweight title. Can Burns pull off the upset or will Usman add one other title to his rising resume?
12:23 a.m.: Alexa Grasso earned the unanimous determination over Maycee Barber after enduring a 3rd spherical the place she needed to fend off her opponent. After a strong first spherical, Grasso showcased a powerful floor sport within the second body, sweeping Barber and almost sinking in an arm triangle choke. Barber cranked up the strain within the ultimate spherical and landed a number of arduous strikes whereas mixing in a number of leg journey takedowns to maintain Grasso on protection. But Grasso having two rounds already within the financial institution earned her the victory and a spot within the girls’s flyweight division.
12:01 a.m.: The co-main occasion is up subsequent: Maycee Barber makes her return after a devastating knee damage to face Alexa Grasso. They name Maycee “The Future,” however will Grasso make her a factor of the previous?
11:49 p.m.: Gastelum finds himself again on monitor with a dominant efficiency in opposition to Heinisch that earns him the unanimous determination. A mix of wrestling and putting put Gastelum again within the win column with scores of 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28. There wasn’t a lot that Heinsich might do to cease the takedowns, and that spelled his demise over the course of the three rounds.
11:28 p.m.: Kelvin Gastelum goals to finish his dropping skid when he faces Ian Heinisch subsequent. Since getting his try at UFC gold in an interim combat in opposition to Israel Adesanya, Gastelum has misplaced three straight. He desperately must win right here however Heinisch goals to close down his opponent and show his price as a middleweight contender.
11:17 p.m.: Ricky Simon’s grappling and putting overwhelmed a sport Kelleher all through their three-round affair. Simon fought intelligently and neutralized his opponent’s putting to safe a unanimous determination victory.
10:53 p.m.: Up subsequent is a combat that was initially set to be on the UFC Fight Pass prelims however was bumped up after Bobby Green handed out earlier than the weigh-in for his combat with Jim Miller. Brian Kelleher faces Ricky Simon in a featherweight showdown.
10:49 p.m.: A wild back-and-forth battle between Pitolo and Marquez ends with Marquez sinking in a d’arce choke within the third spherical to submit Marquez. Pitolo was seemingly heading to victory in a unbelievable middleweight combat that noticed each fighters give it their all within the third spherical regardless of being extraordinarily gassed. Unfortunately for Pitolo, Marquez had a bit of extra as he fired a late salvo of strikes and managed to sink within the anaconda choke with just below a minute remaining.
10:15 p.m.: We’re reside with the principle card of UFC 258. A middleweight showdown between Maki Pitolo and Julian Marquez kicks off the PPV.
9:51 p.m: Well, we should not doubt Hernandez after this efficiency. Viera seemingly had the combat in hand with a dominant first two minutes, however he was unable to get Hernandez out of there and noticed his opponent turn into reinvigorated. Hernandez survived the chain submission makes an attempt and rocked Viera with strikes late within the first spherical. With Viera exhausted, “Fluffy” poured it on with a bevy of strikes earlier than sinking in a guillotine for the submission within the second.
9:39 p.m.: Rodolfo Viera goals to maintain his unbeaten MMA report intact in opposition to Anthony Hernandez in a middleweight showdown to shut out the prelims.
9:33 p.m.: Muhammad’s strain was merely an excessive amount of for Lima to beat. Muhammad earned a one-sided unanimous determination with scores of 30-27 throughout the board. Muhammad will definitely climb the rankings after this, and somebody within the prime 10 will get their title referred to as to face him subsequent.
9:09 p.m: We’re reside on Sporting News with protection of UFC 258. Following Polyana Viana’s slick submission of Mallory Martin, we have now an essential welterweight showdown between Dhiego Lima and Belal Muhammad; the winner can transfer up in a wide-open 170-pound division and switch a pointy eye towards tonight’s fundamental occasion.
UFC 258 begin time
- Early prelims: 6:30 p.m. ET
- Prelims: 8 p.m. ET
- Main card: 10 p.m. ET
- Live stream: ESPN+
Usman vs. Burns would be the final of 11 fights at UFC 258. The fundamental card — which incorporates 4 fights earlier than the principle occasion — is predicted to start out at 10 p.m. Usman and Burns probably will not get to start out their title bout till midnight ET or later.
How to observe Usman vs. Burns on PPV
- PPV value (present subscribers): $69.99
- PPV value (new subscribers with ESPN+ bundle): $89.98
The early prelims and preliminaries for UFC 258 are free to observe on ESPN+ for many who are already subscribed to the streaming service. The pay-per-view portion (i.e., the principle card) might be bought for $69.99.
New subscribers pays a bundle value of $89.98, which incorporates the combat and an annual subscription to ESPN+.
UFC 258 combat card outcomes
- Kamaru Usman def. Gilbert Burns by way of 3rd-round TKO to retain UFC welterweight championship (:34)
- Alexa Grasso def. Maycee Barber by way of unanimous determination (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Kelvin Gastelum def. Ian Heinisch by way of unanimous determination 30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Julian Marquez def. Maki Pitolo by way of 3rd-round submission (4:17)
- Ricky Simon def. Brian Kelleher by way of unanimous determination (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Anthony Hernandez def. Rodolfo Viera by way of 2nd-round submission (1:53)
- Belal Muhammad def. Dhiego Lima by way of unanimous determination (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Polyana Viana def. Mallory Martin by way of 1st-round submission (3:18)
- Chris Gutierrez def. Andre Ewell by way of unanimous determination (30-26, 29-28, 29-27)
- Gabriel Green def. Philip Rowe by way of unanimous determination (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Gillian Robertson vs. Miranda Maverick; girls’s flyweights