UFC welterweight Gilbert Burns earned arguably the biggest win of his career last weekend against Demian Maia at UFC Brasilia.
The rising welterweight sent Maia down to the canvas after connecting with a powerful left hook. The referee did not intervene right away, forcing Burns to finish Maia off with a barrage of hammer fists. Burns admits that it “hurt him” to have to do that, because of all the respect and admiration that he has for Maia.
Burns talked to reporters following his win at UFC Brasilia, commenting on how difficult it was for him to end the fight like that:
“I was very touched at the end of the fight. I heard his head hitting the floor hard, I thought the referee should have stopped it. He didn’t stop it, and I had to do my job, but it hurt me to have to do that. I have never felt this way, but for all the affection, admiration and respect I have for Demian, I felt bad about having to do that in the end,” Burns said.
With his win over Demian Maia at UFC Brasilia, Burns extends his winning streak to 5-straight wins. Prior to the fight, Burns stated that he plans to finish Maia and then call out Colby Covington and he did just that.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 16th March, 2020.