UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is coping with a singular set of circumstances forward of his second title protection.
Usman (16-1 MMA, 11-Zero UFC) takes on longtime teammate Gilbert Burns in the primary occasion of UFC 251 on July 11 at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
Each males prepare at Sanford MMA in Florida. However in line with ESPN, Usman has moved his camp to Denver to organize beneath the steering of head coach Trevor Wittman, who trains the likes of former UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas and interim light-weight champ Justin Gaethje. Wittman, together with Jorge Santiago and Usman’s brother Mohammed, are anticipated to be in his nook for the combat.
Burns (19-Three MMA, 12-Three UFC) has remained in Florida, however their head coach, Henri Hooft, will take a step again and gained’t be concerned in both man’s preparation.
“Our fundamental coach, Henri Hooft – he stepped out,” Burns informed ESPN. “He stated, ‘I don’t need to go both approach. I don’t need to choose a aspect. You guys prepare. I’ll be right here on the fitness center. If you wish to prepare right here, we will prepare, however I’m not going to the combat.’
“I’m right here with my complete workforce – all people: all my coaches, all my coaching companions, my brother, Vicente Luque is coming to do my nook, and my coach from Brazil, Daniel, is coming, too. And I’ve Vagner Rocha, my fundamental jiu-jitsu man, right here. For me, it doesn’t change a lot. It’s just a bit bizarre to combat Kamaru as a result of I actually just like the man quite a bit. We’ve been coaching collectively since 2012 or 2013, so we’ve put a number of time collectively.”