After a fast start from Gilbert Burns, Kamaru Usman would rally back in emphatic fashion to secure a third-round TKO win.
With Burns opening up with heavy pressure, the Brazilian challenger would clip the champion with a right hand that saw Usman stumble to a knee.
From then on, however, Usman cranked up the pressure of his own with a piston-like jab controlling the fight for ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’.
With Burns noticeably starting to wilt at the end of the second round, a right hand of the champions own would land early in the third putting Burns to the mat. Usman would willingly follow in order to finish the job and a few more strikes saw referee Herb Dean wave off the contest.
Kamaru Usman def. Gilbert Burns via TKO (Round 3, 0:34)
Alexa Grasso def. Maycee Barber via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Kelvin Gastelum def. Ian Heinisch via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Ricky Simon def. Brian Kelleher via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Julian Marquez def. Maki Pitolo via submission (anaconda choke) (Round 3, 4:17)
Anthony Hernandez def. Rodolfo Vieira via submission (guillotine choke) (Round 2, 1:53)
Belal Muhammad def. Dhiego Lima via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Polyana Viana def. Mallory Martin via submission (armbar) (Round 1, 3:18)
Chris Gutierrez def. Andre Ewell via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 30-27)
Early Preliminary Card
Gabe Green def. Phil Rowe via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)