UFC Brasilia takes place at the Ginásio Nilson Nelson and will be headlined by a lightweight bout between Kevin Lee and Charles Oliveira.
In the welterweight co-main event, the legend Demian Maia looks to continue his latest career surge as he takes on fellow Brazilian Gilbert Burns. After earning a shot at the welterweight title at UFC 214, Maia dropped a unanimous decision to then-champion Tyron Woodley and followed up with back-to-back losses to Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman. Just when you thought the 42-year-old was done, Maia bounced back with three straight wins, including submission victories over Ben Askren and Lyman Good.
Burns enters the biggest fight of his career on a four-fight winning streak, including victories over Alexey Kunchenko and Gunnar Nelson in his move to the 170-pound division.
Here is how the welterweight co-main event between Demian Maia and Gilbert Burns went down at UFC Brasilia, including round-by-round scoring. For full event results, check them out right here.
A huge opportunity for Gilbert Burns as he comes in as nearly a 2-1 favorite against the multiple time title challenger, Demian Maia. They meet in the center to get this co-main event underway. Maia moving forward and lands a left hand. A second left hand from Maia before shooting in and taking Burns down. Burns scrambles and gets back to his feet. Maia is all over Burns against the cage and gets Burns back down to the mat, taking his back with a hook in. Burns trying to get back to a vertical base and gets the fight back down, trying to lock in a rear naked choke. Maia looking to mount and Burns escapes out the back door, getting back to his feet. Burns drops Maia with a huge left hand and he thinks it’s over. The referee isn’t stopping it and Burns unloads with a flurry before it is stopped. Huge win for Gilbert Burns!
A CHANGING OF THE GUARD IN BRASILIA! 🇧🇷
— UFC (@ufc) March 14, 2020
Official result: Gilbert Burns def. Demian Maia via TKO – Round 1, 2:34
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