Khamzat Chimaev defeats Gilbert Burns in an action-packed war

UFC 273: Khamzat Chimaev defeats Gilbert Burns.

Khamzat Chimaev defeated Gilbert Burns by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 273 on Saturday April 9, 2022 live from the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL.

“Damn tough, I didn’t know he was that tough… That’s a darn tough guy. He has my respect,” said Chimaev.

“You know, Joe, I don’t care. I come here to fight… I fight everyone, it doesn’t matter. Everyone’s against you,” Burns said.

Chimaev immediately took the fight to Burns and went for a takedown. After an initial struggle, Chimaev was able to drag Burns down. Burns tried to roll, but Chimaev held on. Eventually, Chimaev decided to let Burns get back on his feet. Burns landed a powerful calf kick and followed it up with a punch. Chimaev came back with a combination. Burns responded with a combination of his own, which Chimaev sent back. Despite being hit, Chimaev continued to wave Burns and encouraged him to keep reporting. Burns landed a left hook, missed Chimaev and landed again. Chimaev landed a powerful leg kick. Chimaev dropped Burns with a split right hand and then jumped on top of Burns, landing a barrage of punches and elbows that opened a cut. Again, Chimaev allowed Burns to remount, but he was unable to stop the fight before the horn sounded.

Burns opened the second round with a takedown attempt that briefly brought down Chimaev. After switching stances, Chimaev found initial success, but Burns landed a massive counterattack. Chimaev continued to land from a southpaw position. Burns caught Chimaev coming in with a left hand that Chimaev dropped. After regaining his feet, Chimaev withdrew and was able to fight his way back into the fight. Chimaev landed a couple of good shots, but his punches were noticeably slower. Burns landed a jab that caused a cut on Chimaev’s nose. The two fighters continued to trade punches. Chimaev landed several powerful shots but was dropped by Burns at the end of the round. After the bell, Burns pushed Chimaev away and Chimaev slapped him across the face.

The third round opened as Chimaev came forward and landed punches. Burns continued to respond with his counterstrike. Burns went for a takedown but was unsuccessful. Chimaev started unloading with punches, but Burns was able to hold. The two fighters continued to exchange powerful blows. The cut on Burns’ forehead opened wider and half his face was covered in blood. With a minute to go, neither fighter was willing to concede an inch. Both fighters landed powerful punches. Chimaev continued to wave at Burns after eating a combo. Chimaev drops Burns with a body kick, but the horn sounds to end the fight.

Since returning to welterweight, Burns has won five of his previous six fights. The only loss for Burns by that stretch was UFC Welterweight Champion Kamura Usman. In his last fight, Burns rebounded from his loss to Usman, defeating Stephen Thompson at UFC 264. Despite the loss, Burns remains one of the top welterweight contenders.

Chimaev entered Saturday’s 11th-ranked UFC welterweight division. Despite being nine places behind Burns in the rankings, Chimaev entered the Octagon as a heavy betting favorite. The undefeated Chimaev had won all 10 of his previous bouts by knockout or submission. With his impressive victory on Saturday, Chimaev’s next fight could be a title fight against Usman.

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