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Confirmed: Kamaru Usman to face Gilbert Burns at UFC 251

UFC Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman will be looking for his second title defense when he takes on Gilbert Burns in the main event of UFC 251 at Abu Dhabi on July 11

The ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ successfully defended his title for the first time after his fifth-round TKO win over Colby Covington last December at UFC 245.

UFC Chairman Dana White  announced the fight on ESPN’s “First Take” on Tuesday.

Usman (16-1 MMA, 11-0 UFC) remains undefeated in the UFC since winning The Ultimate Fighter 21 in 2015.

Meanwhile, Gilbert Burns (19-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) is a perfect 4-0 since moving up to welterweight last year, his most recently dominating former champ Tyron Woodley at UFC on ESPN 9 on May 30.

With the addition, the current lineup includes:

Champ Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns – for welterweight title
Champ Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway – for featherweight title
Jose Aldo vs. Petr Yan – for vacant bantamweight title
Amanda Ribas vs. Paige VanZant
Frankie Edgar vs. Pedro Munhoz
Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Ciryl Gane
Volkan Oezdemir vs. Jiri Prochazka

Isaac Darko
Isaac Darko is the lead Combat Sports writer for AfroBallers. He is an expert in Boxing, Mixed Martial Art and Wrestling reportage. Isaac is a journalist with newfound love for athlete management and digital media.

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