Kamaru Usman to Defend UFC Welterweight Belt Vs. Gilbert Burns in February

Kamaru Usman in 2019. Photo by MediaPunch/Shutterstock

Kamaru Usman has a new (and old) challenger for his UFC Welterweight belt.

According to multiple reports, Usama is set to defend the title against Gilbert Burns in February at UFC 258. The two fighters already verbally agreed to a five-round fight, although no contracts have been signed yet.

Kamara Usman and Gilbert Burns were set to fight back in July, but Burns contracted COVID-19, and the fight was canceled. Jorge Masvidal stepped in as a challenger, but Usman managed to keep his belt by winning via unanimous decision.

Usman is 17-1 in his MMA career and 12-0 since coming to the UFC. The 33-year-old fighter won the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 235 against Tyron Woodley and has since defended it twice.

Burns, on the other hand, has a 19-3 career record while being 12-3 in the UFC. He has fought in both lightweight and welterweight competitions during his time with the promotion but has yet to have a title fight.

The fight between Usman and Burns will not only be interesting due to the fact that they are considered UFC’s best welterweight fighters. The two also share a history, having trained together in the same gym for years.