The Battle of the teammates, is hardly two days away. Former sparring partners Gilbert Burns and Kamaru Usman, go head-to-head in the main event of UFC 258. Kamaru Usman will be defending his welterweight title against the number 1 ranked Gilbert Burns.
Speaking at UFC 258 media day, Gilbert Burns revealed that he had the ability to submit Usman. He then divulged how advantageous it was on his side, as Usman left the team. He also made his intentions pretty clear that he would either knock Usman or submit him.
‘If it was just me and Kamaru, it’d be just 50/50‘
Gilbert Burns was quoted as saying, I know I can submit him anytime, anywhere, in the bottom, in the top, anywhere. He knows I can submit him. He might watch out for this because he knows. He said, ‘Oh people know who’s going to win,’ but he knows too, he knows.”
He continued, “He can say, ‘I beat him a couple of rounds,’ but I can say I beat him a couple of rounds too. So it’s kind of very even. The thing that I believe is the teammates. Because he left the team, all the teammates that helped me prepare for him, they know him very good. So they’re like, ‘He does this thing very well, watch out. Oh, you’re going to hit him with that one.’ So that feedback from the teammates was very good, from the coaches as well. If it was just me and Kamaru, it’d be just 50/50. The difference with the teammates and coaches, yeah that gives me a little advantage I think.”
I’m going to go to the octagon and I just don’t want to hold him and buy time. I want to finish him. That’s what I’m looking for. I’m going to knock him out or submit him,” Burns concluded.
Gilbert Burns is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Tyron Woodley, and is currently on a six match winning streak. Usman, on the other hand, is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Jorge Masvidal, at UFC 251 – which was supposed to actually be Usman vs Burns, with Burns pulling out very late due to testing positive for the Coronavirus.
Over 200 rounds of sparring; how do you think will emerge victorious?