The UFC Brasilia co-main event just ended with the company’s #12 ranked welterweight, Gilbert Burns, just TKO’d the #5 ranked, Demian Maia, in the opening round. Maia came out pressuring, and was able to initiate a grappling exchange. Burns was able to escape the ground and make it back to his feet. That’s when he unleashed a crazy left hook that sat down Maia, and then sealed the deal with ground strikes. Burns is now 3-0 at 170-pounds, and in his post-fight interview, he called out former title challenger Colby Covington.
Maia started out pressuring behind his cross, and then shot in for the takedown. Burns used a leg lock to initiate a scramble, but got stuck against the fence. Maia took the back, but when he tried to transition to the mount, Burns escaped to his feet. Then BOOM! Burns uncorked a bomb of a left hand that dropped Maia! He raised his hands as if the fight was over, but then pounced with rapid fire ground strikes to secure the win.
Gilbert Burns def. Demian Maia by TKO at 2:34 of round 1: Welterweight
A CHANGING OF THE GUARD IN BRASILIA!
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— UFC (@ufc) March 14, 2020
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