MMA Fighter of the Week: Gilbert Burns
By Dan McConnell
This past Saturday night the UFC returned to their home in Las Vegas, in what would be their first big event at the UFC Apex facility.
In what was a hugely successfully night for the company, despite no fans still being allowed in attendance the fights continued behind closed doors.
This weeks FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week award had a number of worthy contenders. The debuting flyweight Brandon Royval, shocked the MMA world by defeating the heavily favourited and experienced Tim Elliott via arm triangle choke in the second round.
Katlyn Chookagian proved why she is still one of the top female fighters in the UFC and got revenge of sorts. She beat Valentina Shevchenko’s sister Antonina after falling to her sister previously.
While on the main card Mackenzie Dern got back in the win column, using her trusty Jiu-Jitsu to defeat Hannah Cifers via a kneebar in the very first round.
However, because of his meteoric rise and impressive victory in the main-event, Gilbert Burns fully deserves the award this week!
Burns faced former welterweight title holder Tyron Woodley, in what would be the toughest test of his career and one not many gave him a chance.
Woodley lost his title last time out to Kamaru Usman, and was motivated to defeat Burns to climb back up the ladder to title contention.
However ‘Durinho’ Burns just dominated one of the best welterweights in the history of the sport from the very first bell!
All five rounds went to the 33-year old Burns, who landed some heavy strikes on the hesitant Woodley who seemed very tentative to fire any real offense.
‘The Chosen One’ Woodley has been known in the past to be a pure counter-striker, and not providing the most exciting title defences to his crown.
I’m not sure if age or a long career has caught up with Woodley who is now 38. But Gilbert Burns certainly deserve all his applauds!
A shut out performance now takes the Brazilians unbeaten streak to 6, after impressively adding Woodley’s name to his resume.
With Usman, Jorge Masvidal, Leon Edwards, Colby Covington and now Gilbert Burns added to the mix, the 170-pound division just got a lot more interesting!
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