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One of the more anticipated fights of the card comes in the Welterweight division, as Gilbert “Durinho” Burns takes on Khamzat “Borz” Chimaev. Coming off a victory over Stephen Thompson, Burns has once again positioned himself for a title shot. With seven wins in the last eight fights, despite what the odds may indicate, Burns is one of the very best at 170 pounds. Meanwhile, Chimaev will make his first appearance of 2022. Having most recently walked through Li Jingliang, much like he has to every opponent thus far in the UFC, Chimaev may be the most electric fighter since Conor McGregor.
As for a prediction, I have Chimaev winning. While Burns is a major step-up in competition, Chimaev is so skilled, that the Welterweight title doesn’t seem like his ceiling. Armed with mauling wrestling and Duralast cardio, Chimaev can and has broken the will of many fighters. Even his striking, which isn’t often highlighted, is an asset. Just ask Gerald Meerschaert. Now, Burns is a tough out for any fighter. Already equipped with one of the best ground games, Burns evolved striking has turned him into one of the more well rounded fighters in the division. Having fought Usman toe-to-toe, even rocking the champ at one point, Burns isn’t far off from being a Champion. Unfortunately though, so isn’t Chimaev, who is an absolute terminator. One whom is determined and destined to fight for the title by 2023. So with all that said, I predict that Chimaev wins via TKO.