Gilbert Burns (fighter)

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Gilbert Burns
Born Gilbert Alexander Burns
(1986-07-20) July 20, 1986 (age 28)
Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Other names Durinho
Residence Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Division Lightweight
Reach 71.0 in (180 cm)[2]
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Delray Beach, Florida, United States
Team Jaco Hybrid Training Center (Blackzilians)
Rank      2nd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3]
Years active 2012-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 10
Wins 10
By knockout 3
By submission 6
By decision 1
Losses 0
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Gilbert Burns
Medal record
Competitor for  Brazil
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
World Jiu-Jitsu Championship
Silver 2009 California, USA -76kg
Gold 2011 California, USA -76kg
Nogi World Jiu-Jitsu Championship
Gold 2010 California, USA -79.5kg
Gold 2013 California, USA -76kg
World Cup
Gold 2010 Abu Dhabi, UAE -74kg

Gilbert Burns (born July 20, 1986), is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and a three-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion.[4] He is the older brother of One FC Featherweight contender Herbert Burns. [5]

Jiu-Jitsu career[edit]

When Burns was young, his father offered to fix his customer's car in trade for three months of jiu-jitsu lessons for all of his boys.[6] Burns started training at the Academia Associacao Oriente, an affiliate of Nova Uniao led by Welton Ribeiro. He trained with Nova Uniao until the 2007 World Championship, where he came in second place.[7]

In 2009, Burns became recognized when he won the silver medal at the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship.[7]

In 2010, Burns attained a high level of international success competing worldwide. He reached the semifinals of the European Open in January; he defeated heavy favourite Celso Venicius at the World Pro Cup trials; he won the World Cup finals in Abu Dhabi against Claudio Mattos; and he won the Brazilian Nationals in May.[7]

In 2011, Burns achieved his highest recognition as he won the gold medal in the 2011 World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships.[7]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After winning the 2011 World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships, Burns decided to make MMA his focus. He made his professional MMA debut in January 2012.

The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil[edit]

In 2012, Burns was chosen by UFC fighter Vitor Belfort to be the head grappling coach for Team Vitor on first season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.[8]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Burns made his debut on July 26, 2014 at UFC on Fox 12, replacing an injured Viscardi Andrade against promotional newcomer Andreas Stahl.[9] He won the fight by unanimous decision.

Burns faced promotional newcomer Christos Giagos in a lightweight bout on October 25, 2014 at UFC 179.[10] He won the bout via submission in the first round. The win also earned Burns his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[11]

Burns was expected to face Josh Thomson on March 21, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 62.[12] However, on February 26, Thomson pulled out of the fight with an undisclosed injury, and was replaced by Alex Oliveira.[13] After arguably dropping the first two rounds, Burns rallied to win the fight via submission in the third round.[14]

Burns is expected to face Norman Parke on May 30, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 67.[15]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 10–0 Alex Oliveira Submission (armbar) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare March 21, 2015 3 4:14 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Performance of the Night.
Win 9–0 Christos Giagos Submission (armbar) UFC 179 October 25, 2014 1 4:57 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Return to Lightweight; Performance of the Night.
Win 8–0 Andreas Ståhl Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. Brown July 26, 2014 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States Welterweight bout.
Win 7–0 Paulo Teixeira TKO (punches) Face to Face 7 May 2, 2014 1 1:02 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 6–0 Paulo Gonçalves KO (punch) Coliseu Extreme Fight 8 December 5, 2013 1 4:57 Maceió, Brazil Catchweight (160 lbs) bout.
Win 5–0 Rodolfo Coronel Submission (armbar) Mixed Submission and Strike Arts 3 March 25, 2013 1 3:41 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 4–0 Paulo Roberto TKO (punches) CPMMAF - Champion Fights August 4, 2012 1 1:30 Salvador, Brazil
Win 3–0 Vinicius Alves Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) Watchout Combat Show 20 July 27, 2012 1 1:59 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Burns missed weight
Win 2–0 Herels dos Santos Submission (armbar) Ichigeki Fight Show June 15, 2012 1 3:30 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 1–0 José Salgado Submission (rear-naked choke) Crown Fighting Championships 5 January 28, 2012 1 2:40 St. George, Utah, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Lawler vs. Brown". Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 179 Aldo vs. Mendes 2". Retrieved October 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Gilbert Burns - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  4. ^ Gilbert Burns bio
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "The auto-shop deal that launched UFC 179 fighter Gilbert Burns' MMA career". 
  7. ^ a b c d "BJJ Heroes on Gilbert Burns". Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  8. ^ 2 Jiu-Jitsu lessons from TUF Brazil you didn't see on TV (May 21, 2012)
  9. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-05-22). "Gilbert Burns replaces injured Viscardi Andrade at UFC on FOX 12". Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  10. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-09-09). "RFA champ Christos Giagos signs with the UFC, meets Gilbert Burns in Brazil". Retrieved 2014-09-09. 
  11. ^ Staff (2014-10-26). "UFC 179 bonuses: Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes, Fabio Maldonado, Gilbert Burns win $50,000". Retrieved 2014-10-26. 
  12. ^ Sean Bio (2014-05-09). "Josh Thomson vs. Gilbert Burns slated for UFC Fight Night 62". Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  13. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2015-02-26). "Josh Thomson injured, out of UFC Fight Night 62 co-main event bout against Gilbert Burns". Retrieved 2015-02-26. 
  14. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-03-21). "UFC Fight Night 62 results: Gilbert Burns struggles, but eventually taps Alex Oliveira". Retrieved 2015-03-21. 
  15. ^ Staff (2015-03-31). "Norman Parke says he's fighting Gilbert Burns at UFC Fight Night 67 in Brazil". Retrieved 2015-03-31. 
  16. ^ "UFC 179 bonuses: José Aldo, Chad Mendes, Maldonado, Burns earn $50K awards". 2014-10-25. 
  17. ^ "UFC Fight Night bonuses: Burns, 'Pepey', Souza, Serrano earn $50K awards in Rio". 2015-03-21.