Kamaru Usman Can Go Distance with Former Training Partner Gilbert Burns
The main event at UFC 258 sees Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman defend his title against the No. 1-ranked challenger Gilbert Burns at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night.
An extra dimension to the fight is that Burns is the former teammate and training partner of Kamaru Usman.
Usman, aka “The Nigerian Nightmare” is undefeated in the UFC and is an accomplished wrestler and decent boxer, with excellent fight intelligence.
Burns is a world-champion jiu-jitsu fighter and moved up from lightweight two years ago and been very impressive with wins against Demian Maia and Tyron Woodley to earn himself a shot at the title. Those were both fighters past their peak though and Usman is another level.
Go the Distance?
The value UFC bet here could be in backing the ‘Fight To Go The Distance?’ market. It’s scheduled for five rounds, but Usman has been to a decision in nine of his last 11 bouts, while three of Burns’ four fights since moving up to Welterweight have also gone the full distance.
As former training partners, they will both know the other’s strengths and weaknesses. They are also both durable fighters and neither would be considered an elite striker. Burns doesn’t look good enough to beat Usman, but he is capable of taking the fight to a decision.
UFC 258 Undercard
Maycee Barber vs Alexa Grasso
Also on the bill is a Women’s Straw-weight clash between Maycee Barber and Alexa Grasso, in which Barber could come out on top. Her eight fight unbeaten run came to an end in the past year after a loss to the veteran Roxanne Modafferi in January 2020. However, she still looks a value UFC 258 pick as the slight underdog in this fight at odds of -105 with Bovada.
Kelvin Gastelum vs Ian Heinisch
There’s also a Middleweight bout between Kelvin Gastelum and Ian Heinisch. Gastelum is on a three-fight losing streak so, although Heinisch isn’t an elite fighter, he is certainly very capable and on that basis the value wager could be with betting on Heinisch in this one.
UFC 258 Betting Tips:
- Kamaru Usman v Gilbert Burns: Usman to win
- Maycee Barber v Alexa Grasso: Result – Maycee Barber to Win (-105 with Bovada)
- Kelvin Gastelum v Ian Heinisch: Result- Ian Heinisch to Win (+180 with Bovada)
* UFC258 betting odds correct at the time of writing. All UFC odds are subject to change.