Kamaru, Burns clash July 11
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.