Gilbert Burns Speaks On UFC 258 Loss To Kamaru Usman
Gilbert Burns has issued a statement following his TKO loss to Kamaru Usman.
Burns challenged Usman for the UFC Welterweight Championship in the main event of UFC 258. Burns had his moments early in the fight, even dropping Usman in the opening round. Usman recovered and dropped the challenger in the second round. Burns never got his bearings back and was stopped in the third round.
In an Instagram post, Burns discussed his defeat at the hands of his former training partner Usman.
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“Didn’t get the result I wanted Saturday. This is what happens sometimes when you are chasing greatness. I gave this my all. Best preparation hands down felt very good, and it was clearly not enough. I’m down but never out. I believe everything happens for a reason.
“I believe and serve god! This is my journey, no excuses, no regrets. Thanks to everyone for the kind messages and support. It really means a lot to me appreciate you guys! This one really, really hurts, but it’s a pain that I’m very familiar with!”
The loss snapped Burns’ six-fight winning streak. As for Usman, he has now won 17 straight bouts. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since May 2013. That was just his second pro MMA bout.
Time will tell where Burns goes from here. Usman has been calling for a rematch with Jorge Masvidal. While Usman holds a win over Masvidal, he wants to finish “Gamebred” the second go-around.