UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman knocked out Gilbert Burns with punches 34 seconds into the third round at UFC 258 to retain his welterweight title.
Usman (18-1) defended his title for the third time on Saturday night with a fierce display of power to stop Burns (19-4), his former teammate and sparring partner, at UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
The Nigerian nightmare has won all last 13 of his UFC fights and surpassed Georges St-Pierre for the longest winning streak at welterweight.
After Usman got dropped in the first round, he recovered impressively to control the second. He ended the fight with style in the third, putting the 34-year-old Brazilian fighter flat on his back with a perfectly placed right hand just 25 seconds into the round.
The finish came just 34 seconds into Round 3, when Usman dropped Burns with a straight right hand and followed up with several damaging shots to the face and body, leaving the challenger bloodied as the referee called the fight in his favour.
The 33-year-old Nigeria-born Texan fighter jumped up and yelled to the mostly empty gym to “put some respect on my name!”
The win put an end to Burns’ six-fight winning streak while Usman goes 13-0 in the UFC, the longest winning streak in the welterweight division history.
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Kamaru Usman knocks out Gilbert Burns in the 3rd round 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯pic.twitter.com/g0OxTWMdMn
— Elite Media Group (@TheEliteMedia_) February 14, 2021
The fight game. The highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows. Sheer drama in the immediate aftermath of the fight as Kamaru Usman looked on as his former training partner and friend shed tears 🥺#UFC258 pic.twitter.com/6lrilOpBMT
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— ESPN (@espn) February 14, 2021
The fight is coming seven months after Kamaru Usman defeated Jorge Masvidal in an unanimous decision to retain his welterweight title at UFC 251.