And Still. A record setting victory for undisputed UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, but not without it’s adversity. Surviving an early scare, Usman stuck behind a masterful, stiff jab for three rounds dropping Burns on cue before an eventual third round knockout victory after a flurry of ground shots.

Burns immediately pressures Usman but swings wide with an overhand right. Dropping Usman with his next shot, Burns with a massive overhand shot brought the Nigerian to his knees for a moment. Respect earned immediately from Usman via that shot from the challenger.

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Burns most definitely having the better of these opening round exchanges, clipping Usman on the entry each time. Burns with massive power in that frame — Usman’s attention is peaked as a result.

Utilizing his stiff jab after some calls from coach Trevor Wittman, Usman backed Burns on his heels for a moment as well. Wobbling the challenger badly, Usman scored his own overhand knockdown — with the effects of the champion’s jab written all over Burns’ face. Usman’s jab is truly second to none — finding it’s mark time and time again in the second. Possibly one round apiece.

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Dropping Burns with another jab to open the third round — Usman followed up with a massive barrage of ground strikes, with referee, Herb Dean eventually separating the two as Burns reels from a couple of those last strikes.

Below, check out the highlights from Usman’s successful title knock back of Burns.

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