UFC 258 Live: High voltage Gilbert Burns vs Kamaru Usman to be Live Streamed on SonyLIV

UFC 258 Live Streaming on SonyLIV: Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman will finally get to defend his title against former Sanford MMA teammate Gilbert Burns at UFC 258 in Las Vegas on Saturday. One of the UFC’s most durable champions, Usman hasnt lost a fight in eight years. Watch UFC 258 – Usman vs Burns on February 14, 2021, LIVE and Exclusive on Sony Ten 2, and Sony Ten 3 (Hindi) channels from 8:30 AM IST.

That collision happens Saturday night in the main event of UFC 258 in Las Vegas. Usman (17-1) puts his 16-fight winning streak and his 170-pound belt on the line against the 34-year-old Burns (19-3), whose impressive six-fight winning streak finally led to his first title shot.

Gilbert Burns vs Kamaru Usman Live Streaming
The high-voltage clash, which is set to be the first UFC championship bout of the year, had earlier been postponed twice. While Burns had tested positive for COVID-19 last year ahead of his championship opportunity at UFC 251, Usman too pulled out of UFC 256 in December 2020 due to fitness issues. Challenger Burns isn’t too worried about facing one of the most dominant titleholders in the promotion, who is known for his wrestling skills. Usman loves to dominate his opponent, push him into a corner and go the distance in his fights. Many fans of the sport consider his style in the Octagon to be boring. Burns, the No. 1 welterweight contender, feels he can never adopt a strategy similar to the champion in his division.

Watch UFC 258 – Usman vs Burns on February 14, 2021, LIVE and Exclusive on Sony Ten 2, and Sony Ten 3 (Hindi) channels from 8:30 AM IST.
Gilbert Burns vs Kamaru Usman Live Streaming – The History

Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns were teammates in the same gym only a year ago, and mixed martial arts teammates generally don’t fight each other for money or belts.
Usman’s move from Florida to Colorado removed that obstacle from the paths of two welterweight careers that were clearly headed for a collision.

Im a human being with human emotions, Usman said. “When you spend so much time with a team Ive always been there, thats where my career has always been, and I was there from the start and when you go in and you give them the world championship, and then things play out the way that they are, its kind of tough when people start taking sides.

Thats a tough one. I wouldnt be honest if I didnt say that was the most surprising thing to me. But youve got to expect it. Hes coming, and he feels prepared, and he feels like hes ready to go out and take me out, and its my job to go in there and tell him, Hey, its a dream. One day it might happen, but not while Im on the throne”.

Instead, Usman has constantly come out on top with an all-around talent rooted in a mental toughness that dwarfs the intellectual rigor of his flashier welterweight rivals. Usman believes he’ll have the same advantage against Burns, a longtime jiu-jitsu champion who didn’t focus solely on MMA until his mid-20s.

Usman is a former collegiate wrestler who also moved into MMA in his mid-20s, yet these fighters’ skill sets diverge sharply.

He is for sure superior to me in wrestling, Burns said. Very high-level wrestling. But Im superior in the jiu-jitsu. The striking might be even, but I know Ive got a lot more power. … I have power in my hands, and my technique is getting better in standup. I know Im going to get a finish, but you can pick your poison with me. If you want to grapple, thats my house. Ive got a couple of ways to finish this fight, and Im going to be looking for the finish.

Usman and Burns were initially slated to fight last summer, but Burns tested positive for the coronavirus. The UFC tried to make the fight for December, but couldn’t complete negotiations in time.

Instead, this long-delayed welterweight date headlines the UFC’s first pay-per-view card in its hometown since the promotion returned from another stint on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.

The co-main event at the UFC Apex gym pits flyweights Maycee Barber and Alexa Grasso. The card also includes slumping middleweight Kelvin Gastelum against Ian Heinisch after lightweight Jim Miller takes the 49th professional fight of his career against Bobby Green.

Watch UFC 258 – Usman vs Burns on February 14, 2021, LIVE and Exclusive on Sony Ten 2, and Sony Ten 3 (Hindi) channels from 8:30 AM IST.