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Will Gilbert Burns test for Chimaev at UFC 273 – Lights of the Century

The Brazilian Gilbert Burns will try to 'derail the train' of the Swedish and also undefeated Khamzat Chimaev. STAFF


  • The Brazilian Gilbert Burns will try to ‘derail the train’ of the Swedish and also undefeated Khamzat Chimaev.
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CANCÚN, Q. ROO.- The Brazilian Gilbert Burns will try to ‘derail the train’ of Khamzat Chimaev. The Swede is undefeated in the UFC and is headed non-stop for the welterweight title. But ‘Durinho’ wants to put an end to expectations, when they face each other this coming April 9, on the undercard of UFC 273, in Jacksonville, Florida.

Burns returns after defeating veteran Stephen Thompson in July 2021. That same year, the Brazilian faced his former gym partner, Kamaru Usman, for the welterweight title, which the Nigerian retained after knocking him out, that has been the only defeat for the South American in this division.

At 35 years old, ‘Durinho’ maintains a record of 20 wins and 4 losses, the former Brazilian jiu jitsu world champion has added more tools to his game, with takedowns and knockouts, for which he has become a respected rival .

His rival is Khamzat Chimaev, the Swede of Czech origin, he is undefeated as a professional, 10 wins, six by knockout and four by submission. None of his fights have gotten past the first round. At 25 years old, the ‘Borz’ debuted in the UFC and had three fights in his first year in 2020, the following year he added his fourth fight won against Jingliang and now he asked for a more important test.

“(Chimaev) needs a big test. I need a great opponent, he wasn’t fighting and neither was I,” said Burns, who knows that should he beat the newest UFC prospect, he could ask for his welterweight belt rematch. “It all depends on the performance, if any of us achieve a spectacular finish, I think we will earn a shot at the title”, added ‘Durinho’.

Now the 27-year-old Swede will have his first challenge with a Top 5 in the division, where he has barely absorbed a blow in four fights.

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