Kamaru Usman retained his welterweight title by winning his thirteenth straight UFC fight Saturday night in Las Vegas.
The Nigerian-born Texan stopped Gilbert Burns with punches 34 seconds into the third round at UFC 258, bringing his record to 18-1, defending his title for the third time and breaking Georges St Pierre’s record for consecutive welterweight wins. in the process.
Usman stopped Burns, his former teammate, by TKO at 34 seconds in the third round to defend his UFC welterweight title in the main event of UFC 258.
Usman landed a right hand as he shifted to Burns’ floor, then hit Burns with punches on the ground until referee Herb Dean took him out.
“Gilbert is a guy I’ve known from the beginning,” Usman said in his post-fight interview. “I love it. This was hard for me to handle.”
Usman and Burns were teammates in South Florida since 2012, first with the Blackzilians and more recently with Sanford MMA.
Usman left for Colorado to train with coach Trevor Wittman last year after the opening fight with Burns was scheduled for July. But Burns tested positive for COVID-19 and withdrew from that fight. Henri Hooft, Usman and Burns’ longtime head coach, didn’t corner either of them and said he wouldn’t even watch the fight.