Gilbert Burns Believes He'll Finish Khamzat Chimaev In 2nd or 3rd Rd. at UFC 273

Gilbert Burns vs. Khamzat Chimaev isn’t the main event at UFC 273, but it’s the fight everyone’s dying to see … and Durinho says he’d love to flatline the undefeated fighter, he believes the highly anticipated fight will be a slugfest.

“The perfect scenario, I’ll go there and take the guy out with a punch. Boom, knockout! That was the perfect scenario but I think it’s gonna be a war. I don’t think it’s gonna be that easy. I think that guy’s a dog, he’s gonna come hungry, excited trying to put on a show,” Gilbert told TMZ Sports.

27-year-old Chimaev burst onto the UFC scene in 2020 … amassing a 4-0 record (10-0 overall) in Dana White‘s promotion, all while becoming a huge star.

All but one of Khamzat’s fights have ended in the first round (the other ended just a minute into the 2nd round) … and the man has literally been hit just two times.

But, #11 ranked Chimaev hasn’t faced a top 10 opponent … and certainly no one like Burns, Gilbert says.

“I think [Khamzat’s] very tough, I think he’s very good, but let’s be honest, he’s never seen on one on my caliber, grappling wise, jiu-jitsu, striking, speed, in a lot of actual experience. I’ve been there many times in the UFC title fights, many events. I think I have a lot of experience but I see that guy very, very tough — very, very dangerous. I’ll take him very seriously.”

FYI, the 35-year-old fighter is the #2 ranked UFC welterweight … and has beat the likes of Tyron Woodley, Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and Demian Maia.

“I think my arms raising. I don’t know how, maybe a submission, maybe a knockout but I don’t see a decision. I see a knockout or a submission. Second round or third round finish.”

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