Usman dismantles Brazilian opponent to retain UFC title

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Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman on Sunday defended his UFC welterweight title in a fight against Brazilian opponent, Gilbert Burns.

The win is Usman’s third title defence after previously dispatching Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

In the fight, Burns came out fast and hard, raining powerful shots and clipping the champion to put Usman on his defensive edge.

The Brazilian tried to follow up and did connect with several heavy strikes, but Usman weathered the storm and survived an opening round that tilted strongly in favour of the challenger.

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.

Apart from keeping his title, this latest win recorded by the Nigerian Nightmare has seen Usman break the record for most consecutive wins at 170lbs in the promotion (13).

In his two earlier title defences, Usman also had a fifth-round TKO victory over rival Colby Covington in December 2019 while he got a decision win against Jorge Masvidal last summer.

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