Gilbert Burns was successful in his UFC debut against Andreas Stahl, winning a unanimous decision at UFC on FOX 12. In a gruelling contest, Burns did enough to earn a unanimous verdict with 29-28 scorecards across the board. With neither fighter making too much of a statement, Burns was able to add another win to his column, while Stahl was handed a loss in his UFC debut.
‘Durinho’ remained undefeated with the unanimous decision win, and at 28 and training with the likes of Henry Hoost and Vitor Belfort, there is certainly a lot of room for improvement. However, his UFC debut and the heavily talked about Octagon jitters are out of the way, and it will be interesting to see how he fares in his second UFC outing.
Here is how the fight played out.
Two more UFC debutants in this welterweight bout.
Round 1 - Nice leg kick by Burns there. Stahl with a big combination, but Burns gets the clinch and has Stahl against the cage now in the over-under. Boos by the crowd. Burns working on a single. Unsuccessful takedown attempt and Stahl reverses the clinch. A lot of energy expenditure by Burns. They exchange knees to the body. Burns reverses. Short elbow from Stahl. Burns once again unsuccessful at taking the fight to the ground and this could have a big effect on his cardio. They separate. A 1-2 from Burns is blocked. Burns with a nice disguised high kick. Stahl gets the clinch, landing a short right. Double underhooks. Lovely knees by Burns in the muay-thai clinch, and he reverses the position, but Stahl lands a couple of short shots of his own. Burns dropping down again, and once again unsuccessful. Burns tries to land a spinning elbow unsuccessfully and they separate. Stahl with a nice right, Burns with an uppercut. Clinch once again, Stahl controlling the position. Burns with a big combination and he hurt Stahl there! That uppercut in particular! But he tries to get a takedown instead. He gets it, but Stahl gets right back up almost immediately. Burns has the clinch and has Stahl against the cage. He really hurt him in that exchange. Stahl with a couple of short shots. The round ends.
Cooper scores round 1 10-9 Burns.
Round 2 - Nice combination from the Swede, but Burns lands a knee and a straight right. Overhand right by Stahl, then a body kick. Stahl pushing forward but Burns landing a stiff right there, and now he’s backing Stahl up. Stahl is getting caught being a little sloppy when he pushes forward with the combinations, and Burns seems the quicker of the two on the feet. Shot to the body by Burns, and an outside leg kick. Stahl with a short shot then the knee in the clinch. Over-under clinch for Stahl now. Burns creates space and lands a knee, then landing a 1-2. Overhand right is telegraphed by Stahl, and he seems like he may be tired now. Nice job by Burns of landing and avoiding. Knee from Burns, but an uppercut from Stahl. The clinch once again, as half the round remains. Overhand right by Stahl as they separate. Spinning back fist attempt is checked by Burns. Burns with a four shot combo but all seemed to be blocked. Body kick then a jab by Burns. Head kick lands, then a right hand. And he drags Stahl into side control! Very well done there. Short elbows by Burns. Stahl explodes and gets to his feet, 30 seconds left. High kick checked by Stahl. They each land heavy shots there, Stahl landing big but then Burns caught him coming in. Overhand right by Burns. Spinning back kick from Burns, then a double right by Stahl. Close round.
Cooper scores round 2 10-9 Burns (20-18 Burns).
Round 3 - Excellent combination by Gilbert at the start of the round. He’s backing Stahl up. Stahl on the defensive now. Body shots by Burns. And he’s now going in for the takedown. Stahl’s nose is leaking. Body knee by Burns. He seems more urgent now. Burns gets out of the clinch. Nice combination by Stahl, Burns also lands but it is the Swede now working on a takedown in the clinch. Burns circles out. Kick to the body from Stahl, and a flying knee misses. Burns with a combination but great defence. High kick misses for Burns. Good combination once again by Burns, but Stahl closes the distance and gets the clinch. Double underhooks again. Right hand on the break by Burns. Stiff jab by Stahl. 2 minutes left in the third. Stahl with a wild attack and it misses by some margin. This is a pretty sloppy third round so far. Well done by Stahl to slip and rip. Flying knee by Burns before he gets the clinch. Knee to the body. Spinning elbow from Burns as they separate. Flying knee misses. Big leg kick by Stahl. Combination by the Swede as he initates the clinch. Knee and overhand right from Burns. Both are landing nice short shots. Head kick by Burns. The round ends, and it’s a tough one to judge.
Cooper scores round 3 10-9 Burns (30-27 Burns).
Result: Burns via unanimous decision (29-28 x2).
Not the worst fight you’ll ever see, but neither fighter made a huge statement.
Check out the results for the fight card as they stand below. The full play-by-play can be seen here.
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Gilbert Burns def. Andreas Stahl via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Juliana Lima via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28).
Noad Lahat def. Steven Siler via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).