Over five convincing rounds, Kamaru Usman (17-1) defended his UFC welterweight title in the main event of UFC 251, overpowering the great Jorge Masvidal (35-14) with dominant if unglamorous sequences in the clinch and in side control on the mat.
"Masvidal is one of the biggest, baddest dudes out there right now, and I had to switch gears and get ready for him on six days' notice," Usman told broadcaster Jon Anik after the fight.
In the blink of an eye Usman had Masvidal in side control and was looking for elbows.
That's the way it played out down the stretch, with Usman ultimately racking up five takedowns and 10:06 of clinch control time, according to UFC stats displayed during the broadcast
Burns, Usman's original opponent, has rock-solid jiu-jitsu to say the least and could pose a stiff challenge.