Gilbert Burns


Succeeds in short-notice bout
September 29, 2019
Burns defeated Gunnar Nelson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Copenhagen on Saturday.
Burns had a successful welterweight debut this summer in Uruguay and kept that momentum rolling here, this time in enemy territory. He was simply the more creative striker, winning the battle of significant strikes 30 to 20, including a big knee that caught the attention of Nelson. When the two got into grappling exchanges (typically Nelson's specialty), Burns held his own and was the one seeking submissions. It was a close matchup that didn't do fantasy owners many favors, but it will go down as the fourth consecutive victory for Burns.
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Targeted as replacement for Alves
September 16, 2019
Burns will step in to fight Gunnar Nelson for the UFC Copenhagen co-main event after Thiago Alves had to withdraw to due illness, Alexander K. Lee of reports.
Thiago Alves had to withdraw from the event due to health issues coming from a kidney stone infection. Burns (16-3) primarily competed at the 155-pound level but this will be his second fight in less than two months at the welterweight level as he recently defeated Aleksei Kunchenko via unanimous decision at UFC Uruguay in early August. Burns has won three straight fights and five of his last six and will face Gunnar Nelson at UFC Copenhagen on September 28 at Royal Arena. Nelson (17-4-1) is coming off a split decision loss to Leon Edwards at UFC London back in March.
Continues to show development
August 10, 2019
Burns defeated Aleksei Kunchenko via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night in Montevideo, Uruguay on Saturday.
Burns took this fight on relatively short notice so that might explain the fact that he clearly ran out of gas in the third round. The former grappling competitor showed off improved striking in the first two rounds. He also sealed those rounds with takedowns. However, in the third round, he was clearly spent. Kunchenko outlanded him 24 to 8 in the final frame, but at that point the decision was already set. Burns has always been learning on the job, and his improvements are obvious.
Making welterweight debut in Uruguay
July 30, 2019
Burns (15-3-0) is scheduled to face Aleksei Kunchenko (20-0-0) in a welterweight fight at UFC Uruguay on Aug. 10, reports.
Burns was added to the card as a short-notice replacement for Laureano Staropoli (9-1-0), who withdrew from his fight with Kunchenko a day earlier due to a broken nose. In addition to having limited time to prep for the bout, Burns will have the disadvantage of making the jump from the lightweight division to the 170-pound ranks. Burns will at least re-enter the Octagon with some momentum after emerging victorious in four of his past five fights.
Moving up to 170
July 25, 2019
Burns disclosed via his personal Twitter account that he intends to move up from lightweight to welterweight for his next fight.
On the heels of a two-fight winning streak, Burns will look to put himself to the test and see if he fares better in a higher weight class. Standing at 5-10 with a 71-inch reach, his frame doesn't necessarily give him much of an advantage, though the 33-year-old will no longer have to deal with the difficult weight cuts to get to 155 pounds. Both divisions have a long line of title contenders, making it unlikely that was the motivation for this switch. Burns has yet to schedule his first official opponent at 170 pounds.
Adds to finish total in Fort Lauderdale
April 27, 2019
Burns defeated Mike Davis via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:15 of Round 2 at UFC Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.
Burns has been with the promotion just under five years, and has already racked up six finishes. He entered as a big betting favorite (-245) against an opponent that took the fight on short notice, and the Brazilian did exactly what he expected himself to do. His efforts will also result in a strong night for fantasy owners, as Burns was credited with 49 significant strikes, three takedowns and four advances, in addition to the finish bonus. He deserves a stiffer test in his next trip to the cage.