UFC 258: Kamaru Usman claims he and old friend Gilbert Burns know who will win welterweight title

Kamaru Usman says he and old friend Gilbert Burns ‘both know’ who will win welterweight title fight at UFC 258 after spending SEVEN YEARS training together as teammates

  • Kamaru Usman defends his welterweight belt against Gilbert Burns on Saturday
  • “Nigerian Nightmare” was a close friend of his Brazilian foe UFC 258
  • They have shared the cage for many hours and know each other well
  • Usman says after working together for so long they both know who will win











Kamaru Usman says he and his old friend Gilbert Burns know who will win their welterweight showdown at UFC 258 on Saturday.

Usman and Burns were once teammates and on good terms, sharing the training room together for seven years, but now they will see each other in Las Vegas.

The challenger previously revealed that they’ve had over 200 hours of training together, giving this fight a different perspective than any normal encounter.

Kamaru Usman (left) and Gilbert Burns (right) were close friends and training partners

The pair have racked up over 200 hours of hard sparring and know each other well

The pair have racked up over 200 hours of hard sparring and know each other well

And Usman believes that due to their time scrapping, the two know who will win, even though they haven’t shared a cage in some time.

He said: “Yeah, sure, that goes away because we haven’t really trained a lot together in the last couple of years.

“I think it’s going to go because he’s going to try hard and I’m going to go out there and give the effort that I always give.

“I know DC said earlier this week or maybe last week that we both know what’s going to happen and of course I like that he has all that confidence, I like that .

“He’s been working the last year and a half and done a good job and I see him and recognize him and congratulate him on that. But, we both know.

Usman remains the champion and says he and Burns know who will win on Saturday

Usman remains the champion and says he and Burns know who will win on Saturday

Burns and Usman were originally scheduled to fight last year, but the challenger caught coronavirus and was replaced by Jorge Masvidal on short notice, whom he beat on the scoreboards.

Burns, 34, previously told MMA Junkie: “Me and Kamaru have had at least over 200 rounds of fighting.

“We started training together in 2012 at Blackzillians. Then the Blackzillians broke down, they disappeared, so we moved with Henri Hooft. We went to a place called Combat Club. Then we stayed there for almost a year, and then we opened the Hard Knocks.

“We were at Hard Knocks for two years. Then we moved to Sanford MMA and then we stayed in Sanford for a total of two years. So I trained with Kamaru for seven years and we both love to train.

Usman has defended his belt three times and is looking for a fourth in Las Vegas

Usman has defended his belt three times and is looking for a fourth in Las Vegas

“He was a good training partner for me and I was a good partner for him. Just workouts, over 200.

“And just the grappling sessions plus the wrestling sessions, for sure I have so many hours on the mat with Kamaru. We know each other very well.

Burns is on a six-game winning streak after sending off Demian Maia and Tyron Woodley. He will have no illusions about what is required against his former training partner this weekend, but knows he is one more win away from becoming champion.

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