Gilbert Burns lastly has the possibility to battle for Kamaru Usman’s UFC welterweight title tonight.
Twice he has needed to delay combating for the belt and now has the chance at UFC 258.
Usman, although, is undefeated within the UFC and efficiently defended his title for a second time final summer season, when he dominated Jorge Masvidal, who stuffed in for Burns on Combat Island.
The champion received welterweight gold in 2019 when he beat Tyron Woodley after which efficiently defended his title towards Colby Covington and Masvidal.
And Covington definitely is aware of Usman packs a punch.
The duo fought one another at UFC 245 in 2019 and within the build-up, Covington had been his loud, brash self and finally wrote a cheque he couldn’t money.
Regardless of not being famed as a striker, Usman broke his opponent’s jaw within the third spherical earlier than his TKO win within the fifth and ultimate spherical. It was a battle that the judges had scored very evenly till that ultimate spherical.
Covington later claimed his opponent faked harm to get some relaxation time throughout the battle and criticised the stoppage regardless of the state of his jaw.
He advised BT Sport: “Going into the battle, I’ve obtained to be sensible with who I choose my ref you understand Marc Goddard fully f***** me, man.
“I kicked him within the liver and he’s about to fold like a garden chair and stop the battle and be accomplished however ‘ohhh my nuts’.
“He faked the nut shot. On the replay it clearly confirmed it was clearly in his liver. His organs have been hurting and he simply needed a 5 minute break and that’s what he obtained.”