Current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, has made a radical change to the advance of his title fight against Gilbert Burns, on July 11, 2020 “the Fight of the Island, which is located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
According to ESPN, “The Nigerian Nightmare” has left his longtime team, the Sanford MMA, Florida, and is on the road to the west of Denver, in Colorado, to train with Trevor Wittman, the man responsible for honing the skills of interim Lightweight champion, Justin Gaethje, and former women’s Strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas, and much more.
“In florida, has been the basis for a long time, but you grow from there,” Usman said. “We’ve always had a ton of guys, one of the best training partners out there and some great coaches.
“But I wanted a little more attention to this point in my career someone to be able to say,” You’re going to come at this time and work on this particular skill.’ It is very difficult to do when there are 40 to 50 people in the room with you, who also need to get attention.”
Training under Henri Hooft throughout his career, Usman and Burns have spent the last few years training alongside one another, with Usman turns a little “Durinho’s” battles in the past.
Naturally, the training set, it was out of the question this time, but Usman wanted to go further and completely remove himself from the team, despite the fact that Hooft has already taken his decision not to coach one of the men in the fight for the title.
“Our head coach, Henri Hooft, he went forth,” Burns told ESPN. “He said, ‘I don’t want to go anyway. I don’t want to choose a side. Guys, you train. I’m going to be here, at the gym. If you want to train here, we can train. But I’m not going to fight.’
“For me, it doesn’t change too much. It is just a little weird to fight Kamaru. I really like it a lot. We have trained together since 2012 or 2013, so we have put a lot of time together.”
Winner of six in a row including his dominant victory over Tyron Woodley at UFC on ESPN 9 — Burns has been given the title fight after Jorge Masvidal couldn’t come to terms with the UFC about a salary increase to cope Usman.