Gilbert Burns claims to have Francis Ngannou’s arms ‘popped’ in training

Gilbert Burns explains how he popped Francis Ngannou's arm during a sparring session.

by Aryan Lakhani
Gilbert Burns claims to have Francis Ngannou’s arms ‘popped’ in training
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Gilbert Burns took the time to share his sparring experience with Francis Ngannou and interestingly it was an aggressive session where Burns popped Ngannou’s arm as he refused to tap in a submission attempt. After that incident, Burns gave up the idea of fighting him again.

Both fighters have accomplished significant success in the sport of MMA; Ngannou has achieved a lot from just one boxing match where he made the heavyweight champion Tyson Fury look like a beginner.

Gilbert Burns on sparring with Francis Ngannou

Recently on the JAXXON Podcast, Gilbert Burns shared his experience of sparring with Francis Ngannou.

“I trained with him before; he didn’t like it,” Burns said, as quoted by “I still get away with it because it was a long time ago. We were still at the Blackzillians, so it was five years ago, maybe, and we grappled hard, and I got his arm, but he didn’t tap; he popped his arm.

I was so afraid, I said, ‘Oh my God, this guy is going to kill me now,’ but he was cool about it. So, yeah, we trained before, but I don’t want to fight him, no way”. Burns has a great team that supports him really well.

However, the loss against Belal Muhammed pushed him 5 steps backwards from obtaining the mighty goal of securing a title fight. Gilbert Burns can still make it, but he needs many comprehensive wins from here; he looks forward to fighting in the first quarter of 2024, and it will be very interesting to see who he ends up fighting next.

Shavkat Rakhmonov has also made his way to the top; he is a potential opponent for Gilbert Burns. Belal Muhammed is most likely going to face Leon Edwards next.

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