Khamzat Chimaev wins the war against Gilbert Burns, There are numerous decent battles as well as some outstanding ones. But Gilbert Burns vs. Khamzat Chimaev? That was a very unusual caliber. In an all-time, all-action thriller at UFC 273, Chimaev (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) defeated Burns (20-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC) by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). At Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., the welterweight match was part of the pay-per-view main event.
The opening round unfolded similarly to many of Chimaev’s previous battles. He soon dragged the battle to the ground. But, unlike many of his prior UFC opponents, Burns was able to go back to his feet by using his grappling. Burns’ fighting career flourished once he arrived.
Chimaev, on the other hand, struck a devastating punch in the last round that knocked Burns out and split his skull open. Burns managed to withstand the assault, although he remained shaky until the finish of the round. The second round began, and Burns had no trouble keeping his balance. His striking, like Chimaev’s, was spot on. Both fighters had their tit for tat moments. The throng was energized by a barrage of shouts, which occasionally merged into an unintelligible roar. In the last minutes, Chimaev startled Burns, only to be outstripped by a tremendous overhand. Chimaev was taken aback. Chimaev was knocked unconscious by another massive Burns strike. Chimaev managed to grasp Burns and throw him to the canvas, but he was still injured.
Chimaev lay on top of Burns as the last horn sounded, refusing to release go. After the horn, Burns threw him off and Chimaev delivered an open-hand smack. Chimaev returned to his stool with a stumbling gait. In Round 3, both guys were completely spent. Chimaev delivered a series of punches against the fence, but Burns did enough to keep the bout from coming to a near stoppage. Both guys had their moments throughout the rest of the round and battle. They exchanged blows, evidently trembling at the prospect of digging deep and throwing single-combination haymakers. For the final five minutes, the audience did not sit.
Before the horn signalled deafening acclaim and the judgement was announced in favour of Chimaev, the performance ended with a frenzied flurry. Chimaev’s ascent up the UFC ladder toward a title continues with this victory. Burns was largely considered a step up in competition for “Borz,” who has now won all five of his UFC bouts inside the distance. He also defeated John Phillips, Rhys McKee, Gerald Meerschaert, and Li Jingliang in the UFC.
Prior to UFC 273, Dana White, the promotion president, stated that if Chimaev won, the promotion would likely book him in a main event on ABC versus Colby Covington. The fight’s timeline has not been revealed.
Burns’ loss is only his second as a welterweight in the UFC. His debut came in February 2021, when he faced Kamaru Usman in a failed UFC championship fight at UFC 258. Prior to Saturday, he fought one more, winning a unanimous decision over Stephen Thompson at UFC 264 in July.