Kevin Burns (fighter)
March 3, 1980 |
Carroll, Iowa, United States
|Other names||The Fire|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||74 in (190 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Team||Grudge Training Center|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Black belt in Tae Kwon Do
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Kevin Bertrand Burns (born March 3, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Welterweight division. A professional competitor since 2006, he has formerly competed for the UFC.
Originally from Glidden, Iowa, Burns was a talented football player, competing at the collegiate level. Burns later began training in Tae Kwon Do at the age of 18, before transitioning into Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and then finally mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts career
With only ten months of training, Burns made his amateur MMA debut, defeating Josh Neer. Burns took a year off after the win but returned when Neer called him out for a rematch. Burns took his first loss in the bout.
Four years later, Burns won his professional debut against Demi Deeds. He won his next fight before losing to Jason High. The loss did not slow down Burns, as he racked up three more wins. With the wins he earned a four-fight deal with the UFC.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
During his fight with Anthony Johnson in UFC: Silva vs. Irvin, he repeatedly poked Johnson in the eyes, for which he received four separate warnings by the referee, Steve Mazzagatti. In the third round, Johnson fell to the ground writhing in pain after an exchange with Burns, and Mazzagatti called the fight to protect Johnson, who was clearly unable to defend himself. Only after seeing the replay from a different camera angle was it seen that the reason for Johnson falling to the ground was due to one of Burns' open handed jabs landing deep into his eye. After some confusion, Steve Mazzagatti stopped the bout as a no contest. After the fight Johnson appealed the decision as being poked in the eye was a foul, but it was ultimately rejected due to lack of remedy. Burns has claimed that the eye-jabs were not intentional and due to a prior broken hand, which he states forced him to punch with a looser hand.
Johnson defeated Burns with a third-round knockout in their rematch at The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale.
Burns was defeated by Chris Lytle via unanimous decision in a back and forth war at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale. The fight did prove to be positive as Burns was given an extra $25,000 for earning Fight of the Night.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|20 matches||12 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||12–7||James Wood||Decision (unanimous)||VFC 38: Roberts vs. Arocho||December 15, 2012||5||5:00||Ralston, Nebraska, United States||For the VFC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||12–6||Mark Stoddard||Submission (shoulder choke)||MCC 43: High Octane||October 12, 2012||1||2:52||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Win||11–6||Mason Temiquel||Submission (rear-naked choke)||MCC 42: Lund vs. Schmauss||August 3, 2012||1||3:16||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||10–6||Tom Speer||Decision (split)||Brutaal: Fight Night||May 11, 2012||3||5:00||Tama, Iowa, United States|
|Win||10–5||Eddie Larrea||Submission (rear-naked choke)||MCC 37: Thanksgiving Throwdown||November 23, 2011||1||1:09||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||9–5||Koffi Adzitso||KO (punches)||ZarMMA: Fight Night||November 12, 2010||1||1:54||Layton, Utah, United States|
|Win||9–4||Kalel Robinson||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||MCC 28: Impact||August 6, 2010||1||3:18||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Win||8–4||Sean Huffman||Decision (unanimous)||MCC 25: Inferno||March 13, 2010||3||5:00||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||7–4||TJ Grant||TKO (punches)||UFC 107||December 12, 2009||1||4:57||Memphis, Tennessee, United States|
|Loss||7–3||Chris Lytle||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale||June 20, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||7–2||Anthony Johnson||KO (head kick)||The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale||December 13, 2008||3||0:28||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||7–1||Anthony Johnson||TKO (eye poke)||UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Irvin||July 19, 2008||3||3:45||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Johnson poked in the eye. Could not continue.|
|Win||6–1||Roan Carneiro||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC 85||June 7, 2008||2||2:53||London, England||Submission of the Night.|
|Win||5–1||Bobby Voelker||KO (punch)||VFC 23: Validation||May 9, 2008||1||0:30||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||4–1||Steve Schneider||Submission (triangle choke)||GFC 2||December 15, 2007||2||4:13||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Win||3–1||Sean Westbrook||Submission (rear-naked choke)||GFC 1: Genesis||April 20, 2007||1||3:22||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||2–1||Jason High||TKO (doctor stoppage)||VFC 18: Hitmen||February 16, 2007||2||5:00||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||2–0||Matt Delanoit||Submission (armbar)||VFC 17: Predators||December 9, 2006||1||3:29||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||1–0||Demi Deeds||TKO (punches)||Greensparks: Full Contact Fighting 1||August 19, 2006||1||3:58||Clive, Iowa, United States|