The welterweight title bout between champion Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns finally has a new date.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reports that Usman vs. Burns is now scheduled for UFC 258. The planned date is February 13. A location has not been revealed at this time. The title fight will serve as the headliner. If it goes through, then this would be the third time Usman puts his 170-pound gold on the line.
Reports had revealed the UFC’s plan to book Usman vs. Burns for their year-end pay-per-view for 2020. That ended up being a no-go.
It’s been a tough road to a championship opportunity for Burns. He was initially slated to challenge Usman for the gold back in July 2020. Burns was forced out of the bout due to a positive COVID-19 test. Jorge Masvidal ended up taking the spot and fell short via unanimous decision.
Burns is riding a six-fight winning streak. His last outing took place back in May 2020 when he defeated former UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley in a one-sided showing. Many argue that in his last two bouts, Burns picked up the biggest wins of his pro MMA career with Demian Maia being the other victory.
Usman only has one loss in his career and that was back in May 2013. It was Usman’s second pro bout. He has won 16 fights in a row.