Russian lightweight Rashid Magomedov, who five years ago managed to inflict the first defeat on Gilbert burns, spoke about the fighting qualities of the Brazilian, and also assessed his chances of winning the title fight against the current UFC Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

“He changed weight, became more confident, felt his strength-well done,” Magomedov said in an interview with the channel “Ushatayka”. “Then he, in my opinion, was a debutant when he fought with me. Maybe that’s why his fight didn’t work out. We might have had a different fight now, who knows. Then he started crying, but he is a very emotional person – he also cries after winning. Perhaps that failure was an incentive for him, a motivation. Some defeats give this result”

However, in the upcoming title match, the Russian considers the current champion to be the favorite.

“Kamaru Usman is a very strong guy. They train in the same gym, they already know each other. Usman has a good fight, and physically he is very strong. It is also very inconvenient. But in recent fights, burns has shown that he has a knockout punch, so everything can be there. If kamaru starts translating him, doing his job, I think he will win. If he doesn’t miss a beat. Although he can take a punch. I believe more in kamaru’s victory, I don’t know why. But burns cries when he wins and when he loses – that’s the only reason I want him to win»

Recall that the Welterweight title fight between kamaru Usman and Gilbert burns will be the main event of the UFC 251 tournament, which will be held on July 11 in Abu Dhabi.

UFC fighter dropped out of the fight due to coronavirus

A participant in the preliminary card of the UFC on ESPN 11 tournament, Matt Frevola, dropped out of the upcoming event due to a coronavirus.

At the same time, the fighter himself twice passed a negative test, however, his corner and teammate, UFC Featherweight Billy Quarantillo, showed a positive result for COVID-19.

Despite the fact that Frevola was not found to have an infection, the organization decided to withdraw him from the fight against Frank Camacho, for a fight with which UFC rookie Justin Janes will be released on short notice.

Recall that the main event of the UFC on ESPN 11 tournament, which will take place on June 20 in Las Vegas, will be a bout in the heavyweight division between Curtis Blades and Alexander Volkov.