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Daniel Cormier feels Gilbert Burns would’ve bested Kamaru Usman primarily based on “The Nigerian Nightmare’s” UFC 251 efficiency.

Usman put his UFC welterweight championship on the road towards Jorge Masvidal on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. It was a largely one-sided affair, though Masvidal showcased improved takedown protection and hung in powerful till the ultimate body. Usman earned the unanimous choice victory for his second profitable title protection.

Cormier advised ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that had Burns been capable of face that model of Kamaru Usman, “Durinho” can be the 170-pound champion proper now.

“Can I say one thing that Usman’s most likely not gonna like an excessive amount of?” Cormier requested when discussing Kamaru Usman’s UFC 251 efficiency. “In case you’re Masvidal, you go combat “Rocky” [Leon Edwards] when Usman fights Gilbert Burns as a result of if Usman fought Gilbert Burns [the way he fought Masvidal], I don’t assume he would’ve gained. I actually don’t assume he would’ve beat Gilbert Burns with the efficiency that he had final weekend. I believe Gilbert Burns is simply too good and he supplies too many issues on that night time.”

Cormier went on to say that had Usman fought Burns and carried out the best way he did towards Colby Covington, the story presumably modifications.

“If he fought Gilbert Burns like he did towards Covington the place he was mixing it up, he may need gained that combat,” Cormier continued when discussing whether or not or not Kamaru Usman would’ve overwhelmed Burns. “However I’m saying like, the combat that he fought Saturday wasn’t gonna beat, or at the very least I don’t really feel would’ve overwhelmed Gilbert Burns.”

Burns was scheduled to problem Usman for the welterweight gold on July 11 however he examined constructive for COVID-19. “Durinho” initially acquired the title alternative after negotiations with the UFC and Masvidal fell aside. Edwards was then contacted however journey restrictions prevented him from taking the title combat.

Following UFC 251, UFC president Dana White advised reporters that the plan is to offer Burns the subsequent crack at Usman’s title. Burns is coming off a dominant unanimous choice victory over former 170-pound ruler Tyron Woodley. The win prolonged Burns’ successful streak to 6.

With the victory over Masvidal, Usman has prolonged his successful streak to 16. This was the primary time Usman had a combat camp outdoors of Florida. “The Nigerian Nightmare” hasn’t misplaced a bout since Could 2013. He has gone unbeaten underneath the UFC banner.

Do you assume Gilbert Burns would’ve emerged victorious at UFC 251 had Kamaru Usman fought him the best way he did Jorge Masvidal?