Kamaru Usman has beaten former teammate in Gilbert Burns in the UFC 258 main event.
After surviving an early scare, Usman produced a superb performance to finish the No. 1 ranked welterweight contender.
“This one was a tough one,” Usman said following his 13th straight win in the division.
“It was a very, very tough one. The whole gym situation with me leaving, first and foremost, you cannot discredit what Gilbert Burns has done in this division. We started together. He showed it tonight. But I said it, I’m the varsity guy. My fight IQ is different.
“I’m a whole other savage. From start to finish, I’m a whole other savage and he saw that tonight.”
After the fight ended, Usman embraced Burns who had tears running down his face as he suffered a loss in his first attempt at becoming a UFC champion.
“When you step into my cage, we have to go to work,” Usman said. “There was no friends in there. No friends at all. I am the best on the planet for a reason. You need to put some respect on my name.”
With the win, Usman has now dispatched yet another top contender while cementing his spot as the undisputed UFC welterweight champion.
Afterwards, Usman wasted no time turning his attention to a former foe as a potential next opponent as he looks ahead at his next title defense.
“We got this little street thug call himself Jesus, thinking he’s Jesus,” Usman said referencing Jorge Masvidal.
“They tried to make that fight but he kept backing out. The only reason this man took the fight is because it was on six days notice and he had a built in excuse. And he’s still running his mouth talking.
“Guess what? It’s not done. I’ll give you a whole training camp. I guarantee you won’t sign on that dotted line because this time I’m going to finish your ass.”