Bet on Usman vs Burns as the fight is official for UFC 251. Usman will make his second title defense against Burns on Fight Island on July 11. What is interesting about the fight is that those two are friends and training partners. They both train at Sanford MMA, so they know each other’s strengths and weaknesses very well. So, how will this anticipated fight play out?
Both are Coming out of Tough Fights
The previous fights of Usman and Burns were the biggest tests of their careers, to say the least. Current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman defended his belt against Colby Covington at UFC 245 by the end of 2019. Fans and analysts considered Covington to be the toughest challenge for Usman in the welterweight division. Both fighters are elite wrestlers, but Covington is notorious for his extraordinary pace and cardio. “The Nigerian Nightmare” produced one of his finest performances landing 175 significant strikes in the process. The referee had to step in and stop the fight after Usman knocked Covington down and battered his face with punches.
The reason Burns is getting a shot at the title is the failed negotiations of the UFC with Masvidal and Leon Edwards. However, this does not mean he is not a top contender and will offer a tough fight for the champion. The Brazilian fighter just got out of a fight with former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. Dominating every minute of that fight, Burns proved that he could hang with the best fighters in the division. He outstruck the former champion 156 to 65 which earned him a unanimous decision victory. Therefore, do not disregard the Brazilian when you bet on Usman vs Burns.
Bet on Usman vs Burns for the Welterweight Title
So, how do both fighters compare? First, let us talk about the champion Kamaru Usman. “The Nigerian Nightmare” is an elite wrestler who has evolved his striking game significantly. With a record of 16-1 and an unbeaten streak in the UFC, Usman established himself as the best in the division. In his last five fights, he dismantled Colby Covington, Tyron Woodley, Rafael dos Anjos, Demian Maia, and Emil Meek. On his record, Usman has 100% takedown defense and 50% takedown accuracy. Therefore, if the fight goes to the ground, Burns will be at a disadvantage. Usman vs Burns betting odds are available on online sportsbook sites in the US, and they favor the champion in the bout. On Bwin, betting odds on Usman vs Burns for the champion to successfully defend his title for the second time are 1.55.
On the other hand, Gilbert Burns has recently started gaining hype after his win against Woodley. He is on a six-fight winning streak after moving up to the welterweight division. In the UFC, Burns had three wins by way of knockout and four by submission. Therefore, he will be comfortable in any way the fight goes, though Usman has the advantage on the ground. In addition, “Durinho” has shown superb striking skills against Woodley, so he will certainly use them against Usman. When comparing both fighters, it will be hard to pick a clear favorite when you bet on Usman vs Burns. On Bwin, odds for the Brazilian fighter win the title are 2.5.