Gilbert Burns


Gets minimum suspension
June 1, 2020
Burns will face the minimum fight suspension after beating Tyron Woodley last Saturday, reports.
Burns is not to have contact until June 21st and will not be able to fight again until at least June 30th. Burns moved up to the No. 1 welterweight contender in the latest edition of the UFC rankings, but it's still unclear if champion Kamaru Usman is in his immediate future. The injuries appear to be relatively minor, and Burns was dominant the entire fight. Considering how active he's been in the last calendar year, it wouldn't be surprising to see him book another fight for later in the summer.
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Schools Woodley, title shot next?
May 30, 2020
Burns defeated Tyron Woodley via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-44, 50-44) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It was a flawless performance from Burns against one of the division's all-time greats. Gilbert started out on fire. He dropped Woodley moments after the opening bell rang and cruised to what should have been scored 10-8 in Round 1. It didn't get any better for Woodley from there. Burns applied constant pressure, getting off first in all striking exchanges between the two men and dominating in tight. The total strike count was 132-55 in favor of Burns. He also took Woodley -- who entered with the highest takedown defense in welterweight history -- down twice. The Brazilian was known for a long time as just a mat specialist, but he is a legitimate all-around threat. Burns asked for a title shot against his buddy Kamaru Usman in his post-fight interview, and it's going to be difficult to deny his request. He's won six fights in a row, hasn't lost in nearly two years and is getting better and better each time out. This breakout is entirely legitimate. Adding to what was already an exceptional night at the office, Burns will take home an extra $50,000 in the form of a Performance of the Night bonus.
Matchup with Woodley given new date
May 19, 2020
Burns is now set to take on Tyron Woodley in a welterweight matchup at an event scheduled for May 30, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
This is a matchup that has long been speculated, but Burns disclosed the sign bout agreement via his personal Twitter account Tuesday and ESPN's Helwani later confirmed the report. The event doesn't have an official location, as the UFC is hoping to host it at its Apex Center in Las Vegas, but tentatively has a location in Arizona lined up as a backup plan. It's a massive opportunity for Burns, who gets to turn a five-fight winning streak into a matchup against the most well-known opponent of his career -- one who also happens to be a former champion. Burns owns a slight edge in striking volume and takedown average, while Woodley has superior striking defense and takedown defense. Woodley is also the older fighter, and hasn't competed since March of 2019. Burns, on the other hand, made the walk to the Octagon this past March and earned a Performance of the Night bonus.
Talks of Woodley fight resurface
May 6, 2020
Burns is a candidate to take on Tyron Woodley in a welterweight matchup at a yet-to-be-determined location on May 23, Damon Martin of reports.
Burns had previously been vocal about a fight against Woodley after Woodley's scheduled UFC London bout against Leon Edwards was scrapped back in March, but nothing was able to come to fruition on short notice. It now appears that both fighters have verbally agreed to fight May 23, though UFC brass still needs to pin down a potential location, which could be a roadblock to the fighters signing on the dotted line. The company had been targeting Las Vegas for the event, but Nevada hasn't yet laid out a path for the return of combat sports amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Should this fight come to pass, Burns would have momentum on his side after winning five consecutive bouts, most recently finishing Demian Maia via first-round TKO in March during the UFC's last televised event. Woodley, on the other hand, hasn't fought since losing his belt in March of 2019.
Blasts Demian Maia in co-main
March 14, 2020
Burns defeated Demian Maia via TKO (punches) at 2:34 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Brasilia, Brazil.
Burns was expected to have a significant power advantage coming into this fight and that turned out to be exactly the case. It's a good thing for "Durinho" because he was being dominated on the mat by Maia in the early going. He gave up a pair of easy takedown attempts before quickly working his way back to his feet. With the two men squared off in the center of the octagon, Burns dropped Maia with a big left hook. He followed up with some more punches before referee Osiris Maia had stopped the action. It seemed like a reasonable enough stoppage. Burns called for Colby Covington in his post-fight interview with Michael Bisping. That ask is probably a bit much at this point but there's no doubt Burns is one of the best fighters in the world at 170 pounds. He has now won five in a row.
Set to fight at UFC Brasilia
January 4, 2020
Burns will take on Demian Maia in a welterweight matchup as a co-main event at UFC Brasilia on March 14, Aaron Bronsteter of reports.
The event has yet to be officially confirmed by the promotion, but Bronsteter reports that a verbal agreement is in place. Burns has won four consecutive fights, most recently defeating Gunnar Nelson via unanimous decision at UFC Copenhagen in September, an event he had to step in to on short notice. Burns' background is in grappling, but he has shown improvement in his grappling in recent matchups, although he has slightly struggled with stamina. Maia is coming off three consecutive wins at age 42, most recently winning against Ben Askren via submission (rear-naked choke) at UFC Singapore in October. Maia allowed several takedowns in that matchup, but he was able to defend or reverse the position on each attempt. Maia carries slight advantages in height and reach.