The Nigerian nightmare scored an electric jab to put the Brazilian on his back in the third round, and started raining down shots on him.
It took Herb Dean only a matter of time to step in and call the fight off.
Usman has quietly solidified himself as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world and he’s in the discussion for one of the best ever at 170lbs.
Georges St-Pierre is generally regarded as the greatest of all-time in that weight class.
Usman’s 13th consecutive win at welterweight last night, means that he has now broken Rush’s record for most wins in a row at 170lbs.
He’s now on tie with recently retired Khabib Nurmagomedov’s record for the second-most wins in a row, and he’s now three wins away from being on tie with Anderson Silva’s record of 16 straight wins.
Usman is now on record of 18-1 overall and 13-0 in the UFC.
Burns gave Usman his best shot in the first round as Usman was visibly hurt by it, but he did what champions do and gritted it out.
At the end of the contest, Burns was left devastated. The former teammate of Usman was almost inconsolable on the mat as he burst into tears knowing he had come up short in the biggest fight of his life to date.
The welterweight division is now in an interesting state. Usman has defeated all of the immediate contenders – Burns, Colby Covington, Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards.
However, both Masvidal and Edwards aren’t as clear cut. Masvidal was a fight taken on six days notice and Gamebred is desperate for a shot with a full camp.
When Usman defeated Edwards, it was all the way back at the tail-end of 2015 and Edwards has won eight straight fights.
Usman has made it clear he wants a rematch with Masvidal.
The fight game. The highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows. Sheer drama in the immediate aftermath of the fight as Kamaru Usman looked on as his former training partner and friend shed tears 🥺#UFC258 pic.twitter.com/6lrilOpBMT
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) February 14, 2021