Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt Gilbert Burns has proven once again that his striking is becoming just as dangerous as his ground game in his performance against Dan Moret at UFC on FOX 29 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
The featured bout on the UFC Fight Pass preliminary card, Burns had been previously linked to rising lightweight star Lando Vannata.
This fight would not come to fruition after it was revealed Vannata was still recovering from a recent injury to his arm. Dan Moret would later be tapped to be Burns’ opponent for the event.
The first round would see Burns coming out aggressively, trying to land strong kicks and a mix of powerful combinations. Moret would circle away, doing all he could to keep his head away from the big right hands of Burns while returning fire, chopping into Burns’ leg and having some decent success in the pocket, at one point buckling “Durinho” with a hard right hand.
Moret would still be caught a number of times by Burns’ blistering right hand, eventually resulting in some bruising under Moret’s eye, but the debuting lightweight would remain calm even after Burns managed to take the fight to the ground.
Moret would eventually manage to get back to his feet, but it would all be for naught after Burns was able to toss Moret to the canvas and land some ground and pound before the frame finished.
The second round would open very much like the first with Burns looking to land heavy hands from the opening bell. Moret’s decision to stand and strike with Burns would be his downfall, with Burns eventually wobbling Moret with a blistering uppercut.
Smelling blood in the water, Burns would let loose with a series of powerful strikes until a right hand connected, putting Moret on his knees. Burns had the option of letting his hands go and really following up on the knockdown, but that was all the referee had needed to see in order to call a stop to the contest, seeing Burns score what is sure to be a highlight reel walk off knockout.
This is now the second knockout in a row for the Brazilian mixed martial artist who is 6-2 in his UFC career and 14-2 overall.
Burns took the opportunity to call out Olivier Aubin-Mercier in his post fight interview who is fresh off a TKO victory over Evan Dunham last month at UFC 223. Burns is sure to begin receiving ranked opponents in the lightweight division soon if he continues to perform the way he is right now.
Check out Gilbert Burns’ knockout of UFC newcomer Dan Moret below and let us know what you think!
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