Ka­maru, Burns clash July 11

The Punch - - Sports -

uFC wel­ter­weight cham­pion Ka­maru us­man will face Gilbert Burns in his ti­tle de­fence on July 11. The wel­ter­weight clash will be one of three ti­tle fights at the first event on Fight Is­land – bet­ter known as Yas Is­land, Abu Dhabi.

us­man last com­peted at UFC 245, when he stopped Colby Cov­ing­ton late in Round 5 for his first ti­tle de­fense. He was ex­pected to fight Jorge Masvi­dal, who beat Diaz last year to win the BMF belt, but talks broke down.

Burns is the num­ber one con­tender on the UFC rank­ings while Masvi­dal, whose ri­valry with us­man meant a fight be­tween the pair was much an­tic­i­pated, is down at num­ber three.

The Brazil­ian has not been at the top of the rank­ings for long but is on a six-fight win streak and beat Demian Maia and Ty­ron Wood­ley in his last two con­tests.

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