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UFC 258: Usman vs. Burns Preview, Odds, Pick

UFC 258: Usman vs. Burns Preview, Odds, Pick

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The fight between Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns is headlining the UFC 258. It is the title bout for the welterweight division, with Usman being the defending champion. The Nigerian Nightmare has been astonishing in his reign, defeating all the rivals so far pretty easily and making himself one of the biggest stars in the UFC. On the other side, Durinho is the star in the making, with 6 straight victories, and a rapid rise over the past few years.

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Kamaru Usman -270

Kamaru has two successful title defenses, one against Colby Covington and the second vs. Jorge Masvidal. That latest one happened with Burns testing positive for COVID-19, and Masvidal jumping in instead of the Brazilian.

Usman has a grinding mentality, and is constantly going forward, taking hits all to get that one chance to strike the rival or get him in the clinch. Without a doubt, his chin is one of the toughest in the entire organization, and we saw that on numerous occasions.

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We don’t need to tell you whom he defeated so far; just a couple of names will give you a clear picture – Woodley, Maia, Leon Edwards, dos Anjos.

Gilbert Burns +230

The Brazilian, whose jiu-jitsu knowledge is impeccable, is on a fantastic run, but we need to say that he didn’t enter the ring for 10 months. The last match he had was against Woodley in May last year, with him demolishing the former champion via unanimous decision.

Before this fight, Burns won the previous six bouts, showing magnificent strength, endurance, and above all, versatility. He is the only fighter who might match Usman’s fantastic stamina and power, and many see that as his chance to dethrone the champ.

Speaking about that versatility, Burns is the guy whose punching is superb, maybe even better than Kamaru’s, while on the other side, the Brazilian’s grappling techniques are one of the best in the UFC.

Pick

Nobody is sure who is going to win here, therefore, don’t bet on the winner. Instead, go with the decision, that is, for the fight to go to the distance. The odds on that are -120, which is a good thing, knowing that these two guys often see the final horn in their matches—Burns three times in the past four events, and Kamaru five in the last six.

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Pick: Fight goes to the distance

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