UFC 273 Results, Highlights: Khemaef Shemayev’s win beats Gilbert Burns in a thrilling fight

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Unbeaten phenom Khamza Shemayev passed the biggest test of his youthful career on Saturday at UFC 273 after veteran Gilbert Burns pushed him to the end of his physical limits.

In a confirmed fight for the General Candidate and one of the greatest fights in UFC history, Chiamev improved to 11-0 after a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) inside the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. The three-round match was the first time Chemayev, 27, had come the distance since turning professional in 2018.

Chemayev, a native of Chechnya, Russia, who is fighting outside of Stockholm, Sweden, has perhaps become the most exciting prospect in UFC history and has lived up to this by showing his heart and resisting damage to a champion as Burns lured him into a bloody fight. A dramatic fight.

“Tough guy, I didn’t know he was so tough,” Chemayev said of Burns. “Man comes with a Brazilian heart. Thank you for this fight, Gilbert. I love you brother, all due respect. That’s just what I do for work to make money.” He made three rounds hard. I’ve worked hard for everything. I never stop my training if I don’t get hurt but this guy was fine today.”

Burns (20-5), the rare elite fighter who did his best to present his name as a test for a budding Shemayev, showed the kind of grit and aggressiveness that has become his character as a respected title contender. Just 15 months after losing a shot in the welterweight title to Camaro Usman despite bringing down the title holder, the 35-year-old Burns routinely responded to Chimaev’s massive punches in order to hold on.

“I’m against the odds, I don’t care,” Burns said. “I’ll fight anyone, it doesn’t matter.” “My goal is to become the champion and I have to fight against the strongest players. Every time I am here, I will give my all. They will have to kill me. I won don’t stop.”

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