Kamaru ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Usman made good on his promise to beat Gilbert Burns at the UFC 258 on Saturday night, stopping the Brazilian with his punches 34 seconds into the third round.
With the victory, Usman (18-1) has now won 17 consecutive fights, including all 13 of his UFC bouts and broken former longtime champion, Georges St-Pierre, record win streak in the welterweight division.
The win is also Usman’s third successful defense of the title and the 33-year-old looks like he is well on his way to being the next longtime, dominant UFC titleholder.
In the fight against Burns, the Nigerian was dropped to the canvas in the first round. He, however, recovered impressively to dominate the rest of the match until the knockout.
Burns (19-4) had won each of his past six bouts.
The evening’s co-feature bout on a fight card that was far from the deepest the UFC has ever offered was a women’s flyweight bout between a rising contender and a hyped youngster.
Guadalajara, Mexico’s Alexa Grasso (13-3) made the best of her biggest spotlight with a unanimous decision victory over 22-year old Coloradan Maycee Barber (8-2).