Gilbert Burns predicts Khamzat Chimaev vs Paulo Costa: “it’s a very close fight”

Gilbert Burns shares his thoughts on Khamzat Chimaev vs Paulo Costa

by Aryan Lakhani
Gilbert Burns predicts Khamzat Chimaev vs Paulo Costa: “it’s a very close fight”
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UFC 294 is less than two months away, and the excitement is increasingly building up for this mega fight card. In the co-main event, Khamzat Chimaev and Paulo Costa will be fighting each other in the middleweight division. Both fighters would be coming out of a long break; fans and experts have already started analyzing the outcome of the event.

Gilbert Burns recently took a dive into the subject and revealed that he would be uploading a thorough breakdown on his YouTube channel. Chimaev and Costa are both explosive fighters, so it would be fair to assume that the match could end up in an early knockout.

Chimaev’s motive is pretty simple: he is here to “smash” everybody and is ready to compete at any weight division. Chimaev’s fans will hope for him to fight more frequently.

Gilbert Burns on Chimaev vs Costa

In a recent Q & A session, Gilbert Burns briefly shared his thoughts on the upcoming middleweight clash between Khamzat Chimaev and Paulo Costa.

“That is a good one,” Burns said, as quoted by “I’m even going to make a big breakdown of that on my YouTube channel, but it’s a very close fight. I think it’s going to be decided in the clinch".

“I think Khamzat will come with a lot of pressure, try to take Costa down. Burns further said: If he’s able, it’s going to be a big problem for Costa. But if Costa defends and can get away and use the striking, it’s going to be a long night for Khamzat".

“I think it’s a very close fight and it will be decided in the clinch, If Khamzat can take him down, Khamzat wins. But if Costa can defend it and use the striking, then Costa wins – very close fight”.

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