(Video) An emotional Gilbert Burns spotted bawling his eyes out after devastating loss

Gilbert Burns was once a formidable title contender, but now finds himself navigating a challenging phase in his UFC career. The welterweight division is renowned for its roster of skilled contenders, and Burns has encountered setbacks against some of the division’s top-ranked opponents.

At UFC 299 held at the Kaseya Center in Miami, Florida, Burns faced Jack Della Maddalena in a bout that promised fireworks. The night’s main card featured thrilling matchups, setting the stage for an unforgettable evening.

The main card kicked off with a bantamweight clash between former champion Petr Yan and Song Yadong. Despite Yan’s three-defeat streak, he showcased dominance and ended up securing a unanimous decision victory over Yadong.

Next, Burns aimed to reclaim his position against Maddalena. The Brazilian exhibited commendable efforts with numerous takedown attempts, gaining a scoring advantage. But the tables turned, and Maddalena ended up securing a knockout victory.

The night unfolded with Michael Page’s successful UFC debut and Dustin Poirier’s impressive victory over Benoit Saint-Denis. The main event witnessed Sean O’Malley’s dominating performance, securing a unanimous victory against Marlon Vera.

A former BJJ world champion, Burns has seamlessly integrated his background into his MMA matches. Known for impeccable takedowns and a penchant for submissions, he has been a stalwart in the UFC for nearly a decade since his debut in July 2014.

Despite an initially rocky start, Burns embarked on a remarkable six-match winning streak in 2018. This earned him a title shot against Kamaru Usman at UFC 258 in 2021. Unfortunately, he faced defeat via TKO in the third round.

Post the Usman defeat, Burns has encountered a mixed bag of results in the UFC with a tally of 3-3 record. Defeats against formidable opponents like Khamzat Chimaev, Belal Muhammad, and Maddalena have placed him behind in the race for a title shot against Leon Edwards.

While Maddalena showcased strength on his feet, Burns demonstrated superior striking before the knockout. The first round witnessed Burns asserting dominance with striking and relentless takedown attempts, putting Maddalena on the defensive. The Australian continued to attempt to escape Burns’ takedowns while making some attacks of his own.

Following a three-minute ground tussle, Maddalena executed an impressive reversal and smacked Burns squarely in the face with a knee. This ultimately led to Burns’ defeat. Despite leading on the judges’ scorecards, Burns fell victim to Maddalena’s strength.

It seem like Burns was winning on the judges’ scorecards before Maddalena used a knee and referee ruled a stoppage.

Following the bout, it was discovered that Burns had a 20–18 lead on two judges’ scores. Also, one judge had given the bout a 19–19 score after two rounds. Burns would have won if there was no stoppage. However, Maddalena proved to be too powerful.

After the altercation, Burns was seen crying. The future of the Brazilian boxer is hard to foresee. To regain the top spot, he will need to string together victories against his opponents.