UFC 273 results highlights: Khamzat Chimaev tops Gilbert Burns in exciting fight

Undefeated phenom Khamzat Chimaev passed the biggest test of his young career on Saturday at UFC 273 after veteran Gilbert Burns pushed him to near the end of his physical limits.

In a surefire fight of the year candidate and one of the best action fights in UFC history, Chimaev improved to 11-0 following a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) inside the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville. Florida. The three-round fight marked the first time Chimaev, 27, had gone the distance since he turned pro in 2018.

Chimaev, a native of Chechnya, Russia, who fights out of Stockholm, Sweden, has become perhaps the most hyped prospect in UFC history and lived up to it by displaying the heart and damage resistance of a champion when he was lured by Burns. to a bloody and dramatic fight.

“Fucking tough guy, I didn’t know he was that tough,” Chimaev said of Burns. “The guy comes with a Brazilian heart. Thanks for this fight, Gilbert. I love you, brother, with all due respect. This is just what I do for work to earn money.

“He put in three strong rounds. I worked hard for everything. I never stop my training if I’m not injured, but that guy was fucking good today.”

Burns (20-5), the rare elite fighter who went to great lengths to offer his name as proof for the rising Chimaev, displayed the kind of grit and aggressiveness that has become his calling card as a respected title contender. . Just 15 months after missing out on a shot at Kamaru Usman’s welterweight title despite losing to the defending champion, the 35-year-old Burns routinely responded to big punches from Chimaev to hold his ground.

“I’m going against all odds, I don’t care. I’ll fight anybody, it doesn’t matter,” Burns said. “My goal is to become the champion and I have to fight the toughest guys. Every time I’m here, I’m going to give everything I’ve got. They’re going to have to kill me. I won.” do not stop”.

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Chimaev landed the first big punch of the fight when a right hand visibly hurt Burns in Round 1. But the Brazil native bounced back nicely mixing calf strikes with powerful counter right punches. However, Chimaev seemed to secure the opening frame as he followed up a front kick with a stiff jab to drop Burns, who began bleeding shortly after a punch to the top of the head.

Burns continued to hold his ground in round 2 and then briefly dropped Chimaev with a short left hook as the fight’s drama intensified. Chimaev reappeared to land a great combination before a fight ensued with Chimaev soon bleeding from the nose.

Chimaev went down a second time to end Round 2 on a fast break from Burns. The final round saw Chimaev nearly stop Burns after hurting him with a flurry to the body. With both fighters exhausted, Burns landed a couple of rights late.

“I am happy. This stage is what I have been waiting for a long time,” Chimaev said. “I wanted to be 11-0 with 11 finishes. But I love this stage.”


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