Gilbert Burns predicts Khamzat Chimaev vs Paulo Costa

Gilbert Burns tries to breakdown the upcoming middleweight clash between Chimaev vs Costa.

by Aryan Lakhani
Gilbert Burns predicts Khamzat Chimaev vs Paulo Costa
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The middleweight clash between Khamzat Chimaev and Paulo Costa is just around the corner; a lot of excitement has already been built around the UFC 294 event. The outcome of the co-main event, Khamzat Chimaev vs Paulo Costa, will play a huge role in deciding who gets the next title shot against the current champion, Sean Strickland.

Gilbert Burns recently shared a neutral prediction on the upcoming fight. Burns fought against Chimaev, and based on that fight, he made a few judgements. Chimaev has only one goal in his mind, and that is to 'smash' his opponents; he's an explosive fighter, and it will be fascinating to see how he performs against Paulo Costa.

Gilbert Burns on Chimaev vs Costa

In a recent interview with MiddleEasy, Gilbert Burns shared his analysis of Chimaev vs Costa and spoke about his return and future goals. "Costa — like everybody's saying — is huge," Burns said, as quoted by

"He's a big guy but I don't think he has the heart that I have. I don't think he has the jiu-jitsu that I have. He doesn't have the get-ups that I have. He doesn't have the submission threat that I have that kind of made Khamzat not want to grapple.

I think he's very strong and a big guy but I think he's gonna gas. "I don't like both of these guys. Double knockout would be the best result but I don't know. It's a 50-50 fight. If Khamzat is able to take him down, I think it will be a harder night for Costa but in the other way too, if Costa is able to defend the takedown, it will be a hard night for Khamzat so I think we're gonna see the winner with how the first round goes.I fought three times this year.

Costa on what's next for him: No one in the top 10 fought since, you know? I gotta see these guys fighting, we want to see who I'm fighting next but that's all I'm looking for. A big win against a top-ranked opponent and get a title shot. I believe one amazing finish will give me a title shot. If not, two".

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