Gilbert Burns (fighter)

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Gilbert Burns
BornGilbert Alexander Pontes Burns
(1986-07-20) July 20, 1986 (age 34)
Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Other namesDurinho
ResidenceLantana, Florida, United States
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
DivisionLightweight (2012-2019)
Welterweight (2019-present)
Reach71 in (180 cm)[2]
StyleBrazilian Jiu-jitsu
Submission wrestling
Fighting out ofLantana, Florida, United States
TeamSanford MMA
Blackzilians (formerly)
TrainerHenri Hooft (striking)
Neil Melanson (Catch wrestling)
Rank2nd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3] under Rafael "Fofitio" Barros[4]
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By submission8
By decision5
By knockout1
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Gilbert Alexander Pontes Burns (born July 20, 1986)[5], is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist and submission grappler who currently competes in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As a grappler, Burns is a three-time World Champion and World Cup gold medalist.[6] He is the older brother of fellow UFC fighter Herbert Burns.[7] As of June 2, 2020, he is #1 in the UFC welterweight rankings.[8]

Grappling 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.[9] Burns started training at the Academia Associação Oriente, an affiliate of Nova União led by Welton Ribeiro. He trained with Nova Uniao until the 2007 World Championship, where he came in second place.[4]

In 2009, Burns became recognized when he won the silver medal at the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship.[4]

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.[4]

In 2011, Burns achieved his highest recognition as he won the gold medal in the 2011 World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships.[4]

In 2015, Burns won bronze at Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling championships (ADCC).

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.[10]

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.[11] He won the fight by unanimous decision.

Burns faced promotional newcomer Christos Giagos in a lightweight bout on October 25, 2014 at UFC 179.[12] He won the bout via submission in the first round. The win also earned him his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[13]


Burns was expected to face Josh Thomson on March 21, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 62.[14] However, on February 26, Thomson pulled out of the fight with an undisclosed injury, and was replaced by Alex Oliveira.[15] After arguably dropping the first two rounds, Burns rallied to win the fight via submission in the third round.[16] This win also earned him his second straight Performance of the Night bonus. [17]

Burns was expected to face Norman Parke on May 30, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 67.[18] However, Burns pulled out of the fight due to injury in late April and was replaced by Francisco Trinaldo.[19]

Burns faced Rashid Magomedov at UFC Fight Night 77 on November 7, 2015.[20] He lost the first fight via unanimous decision, marking his first loss in his MMA career.[21]


Burns next faced Łukasz Sajewski on July 7, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 90.[22] He won the fight via submission in the closing seconds of the first round.[23]

Burns faced Michel Prazeres on September 24, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 95.[24] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[25]


Burns was scheduled to meet Paul Felder on February 11, 2017 at UFC 208.[26] However, Burns pulled out of the fight in mid-January citing injury.[27]

Burns faced Jason Saggo on September 16, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 116.[28] He won the fight via knockout in the second round.[29]

In the beginning of November 2017, Burns stated he had signed a new, four-fight contract with UFC.[30]


Burns was scheduled to face Olivier Aubin-Mercier on February 24, 2018 at UFC on Fox 28.[31] However, on February 21, 2018, both Burns and Aubin-Mercier were pulled from the card, as promotional medical team deemed Burns would be unsafe to meet lightweight upper limit of 156 Ibs limit upon his arrival at the fight week.[32]

Burns was linked to a fight with Lando Vannata on April April 14, 2018 at UFC on Fox 29.[33] However, the pairing never materialized as Vannata was unable to accept the fight for this date/event as he was still rehabilitating a recent arm injury, [34] instead Burns was scheduled to face newcomer Dan Moret in this event.[35] He won the fight via knockout one minute into the second round.[36]

Burns faced Dan Hooker on July 7, 2018 at UFC 226.[37] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round, being finished for the first time in his MMA career.[38]

The bout with Olivier Aubin-Mercier was rescheduled and eventually took place on December 8, 2018 at UFC 231.[39] Burns won the fight by unanimous decision.[40]


Burns was expected to face returning veteran Eric Wisely on April 27, 2019 at UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Hermansson.[41] However, it was reported on April 18 that Wisely pulled out of the bout, citing injury. He was replaced by newcomer Mike Davis.[42] Burns won the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the second round.[43]

Burns returned to the welterweight facing Alexey Kunchenko on August 10, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 14, replacing injured Laureano Staropoli.[44] He won the fight via unanimous decision, marking Kunchenko’s first loss in his career.[45]

Burns stepped in as a late replacement to face Gunnar Nelson, on September 28, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 18.[46] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[47]


As the first fight of his new, four-fight contract, Burns faced Demian Maia on March 14, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 170.[48][49] He won the fight via technical knockout in round one.[50] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[51]

Burns faced Tyron Woodley on May 30, 2020 in the main event of UFC on ESPN: Woodley vs. Burns.[52] After knocking Woodley down in the first round and mostly dominating the former champion throughout the fight, Burns won the fight via unanimous decision.[53] This win also earned him his fourth Performance of the Night award.[54]

As the first fight of his new contract, Burns was scheduled to face Kamaru Usman for the UFC Welterweight Championship on July 11 at UFC 251.[55][56] However, on July 3, 2020, it was revealed that Burns tested positive for COVID-19, and he was subsequently removed from the card.[57]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Grappling credentials[4][edit]

  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) IBJJF No-gi World Champion
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) IBJJF No-gi World Champion
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) ADWPJJC World Cup Champion
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Champion
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) CBJJ Brazilian National Champion
  • 2nd place, silver medalist(s) IBJJF Gi World Runner-up
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) CBJJE Brazilian Cup Champion
  • 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) IBJJF European Open Third placer

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
22 matches 19 wins 3 losses
By knockout 6 1
By submission 8 0
By decision 5 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 19–3 Tyron Woodley Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Woodley vs. Burns May 30, 2020 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 18–3 Demian Maia TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Lee vs. Oliveira March 14, 2020 1 2:34 Brasília, Brazil Performance of the Night.
Win 17–3 Gunnar Nelson Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Cannonier September 28, 2019 3 5:00 Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 16–3 Alexey Kunchenko Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Shevchenko vs. Carmouche 2 August 10, 2019 3 5:00 Montevideo, Uruguay Return to Welterweight.
Win 15–3 Mike Davis Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Hermansson April 27, 2019 2 4:16 Sunrise, Florida, United States
Win 14–3 Olivier Aubin-Mercier Decision (unanimous) UFC 231 December 8, 2018 3 5:00 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Loss 13–3 Dan Hooker KO (punches) UFC 226 July 7, 2018 1 2:28 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–2 Dan Moret KO (punches) UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje April 14, 2018 2 0:59 Glendale, Arizona, United States
Win 12–2 Jason Saggo KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch September 16, 2017 2 4:55 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 11–2 Michel Prazeres Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg September 24, 2016 3 5:00 Brasília, Brazil Catchweight (158 lbs) bout; Prazeres missed weight.
Win 11–1 Łukasz Sajewski Submission (armbar) UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Alvarez July 7, 2016 1 4:57 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 10–1 Rashid Magomedov Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3 November 7, 2015 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
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 Lightweight debut. 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
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


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