Kamaru Usman retained his Welterweight title for the third consecutive time with a TKO third-round win over the primary contender Gilbert Burns. The pair had been coaching collectively simply lower than a 12 months in the past and eventually met for the belt since their first matchup was cancelled again in July when Jorge Masvidal stepped in on quick discover. The champion now holds the file for the longest profitable streak in UFC Welterweight historical past with 13.
The bout wasn’t airplane crusing for Usman to start with, as Burns rocked him with a clear proper hook that dropped the Nigerian native to the canvas momentarily throughout the opening 30 seconds. Usman bounced straight again up and began exchanging again with Burns, however the 33-year-old was nonetheless noticeably wobbly earlier than consuming a kick to the face which inflicted additional injury.
Burns was favourably profitable the battle on the ft, including a robust knee to the physique of Usman and a few low leg kicks. The champion replied with some low kicks of his personal and labored the jab nicely in the direction of the top of the primary, nevertheless, the challenger was the one on prime after 5 minutes of motion.
It was extra of the identical from Burns firstly of spherical two when one other proper hook dazed Usman that landed over his jab. Though, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ began to develop into the competition from this level on regardless of the injury from his opponent when he continued to work the jab to large impact and stun Burns himself when a proper hand caught him flush. Usman was in search of the end as he swung a flurry of hooks, however Burns stood sturdy as Usman’s punches had been connecting and discovering a rhythm to show the tide.
Moments later, Usman dropped Burns from one more jab however allowed the Brazilian to return again to his ft as he observed he was beginning to take over the struggle within the placing division. It was a terrific couple of minutes of preventing from the champion to win the second spherical and construct momentum main into the third.
Simply 20 seconds into the third, Usman dropped Burns once more with one other proper jab earlier than including the bottom and pound the place Burns was in big hassle. It took a number of seconds of floor injury till referee Herb Dean referred to as a cease to the bout that earned Usman a powerful stoppage so as to add to his resume.
For a fighter so nicely recognised for his wrestling credentials, Usman proved harmful on the ft and overcame early adversity to take care of his standing as one of many UFC’s best Welterweight champions. Burns confirmed he’s nonetheless an issue on this division since his transfer up from Light-weight, and can little doubt have one other crack at undisputed gold sooner or later.
Within the co-main occasion, Alexa Grasso defeated Maycee Barber through unanimous choice (29-28×3) within the Ladies’s Flyweight division. It was the Mexican’s second win since transferring to Flyweight final 12 months and in distinction a second consecutive defeat for the 22-year-old Barber.
Barber opened the primary spherical with an enormous proper hand as she had Grasso towards the fence earlier than getting her opponent into the clinch. Grasso took management on this place, waring Barber out till they met in placing distance once more. Barber was rising into the struggle with elbows and hooks that related, however the excessive quantity of strikes left her prone to counter strikes from the highly effective Grasso.
It was Grasso who stepped it up within the second spherical, showcasing her boxing abilities and energy when she stunned Barber with a big overhand left. The American had her moments with a brutal physique kick and a fast takedown, however the effectivity and effectiveness of Grasso was doing extra injury to Barber regardless of utilizing much less power when executing strikes.
Barber turned it up within the last spherical, tripping up her opponent in a takedown and touchdown extra heavy pictures that Grasso was unable to defend. Barber was at moments swinging aimlessly seeking to finish the struggle, however her opponent weathered the storm and gained on factors all through the quarter-hour. It gained’t be the final time we hear about these two younger fighters within the UFC octagon.
Remainder of the cardboard
Quantity 9 ranked Middleweight Kelvin Gastelum beat Ian Heinisch through unanimous choice (30-27, 29-28×2) to snap a three-fight shedding streak. The 29-year-old American has struggled with wrestlers previously however confirmed no indicators of that on this struggle in what was a convincing show.
Heinisch executed a takedown firstly of the struggle, by which he appeared for a kimura submission that Gastelum squirmed out of to showcase his jiu-jitsu defensive abilities. Because of the escape, Gastelum was full mount to take management of the struggle on the bottom.
Gastelum was additionally profitable the exchanges on the ft, a spread of physique kicks induced concern for Heinisch along with the extent adjustments that earned him numerous takedowns throughout the contest. As his opponent started to tire out within the last spherical, the left hand of Gastelum started to interrupt by way of the guard to realize an important profession win.
There have been a number of submission wins on the UFC 258 card, beginning with Julian Marquez’s anaconda choke to defeat Maki Pitolo within the third spherical. Marquez wrapped his arm across the neck of Pitolo from the again place within the last minute of the bout to safe the choke in what was his first struggle since 2018, and it’s truthful to say the 30 year old announced his return in style.
In the meantime, Anthony Hernandez beat Rodolfo Vieira through submission within the second spherical of their Middleweight bout to safe the ‘Efficiency of the Night time’ award. The 27-year-old had Vieira harm on the ft earlier than taking the struggle to the canvas, making the most of the publicity to his again and executing a guillotine choke to finish the competition.
Within the Ladies’s Strawweight division, Polyana Viana defeated Mallory Martin through submission within the very first spherical in one other ‘Efficiency of the Night time’ bout. The Brazilian initiated an early takedown to dominate on the bottom and lock in an armbar that gave Martin no possibility however to faucet in an occasion.