The main card for UFC 273 in Jacksonville, Florida, featured an instant classic in the welterweight non-championship fight.
Phenom Khamzat Chimaev faced perhaps his toughest challenge yet in Gilbert Burns Saturday night. Chimaev entered the fight with a 4-0 record in the UFC and hoped to be the third fighter to finish Burns in the Brazilian's 24-fight MMA career.
Chimaev drew blood in the first round, but Burns rebounded in the second with some huge shots of his own. In the third, both fighters emptied the tank, exchanging blows and showing true grit. In the end, Chimaev was victorious against Burns via unanimous decision. He remains undefeated in the UFC.
The Rock was among those tuned in to this instant classic.
"Holy s---! What a fight!!! Burns/Chimaev #UFC273" The Rock a.k.a Dwyane Johnson
Sports stars across social media offered their takes on what was an action-packed UFC 273 main card:
Respect! Great Fight!!— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) April 10, 2022
Perfectly timed shots. And just as great as how they fought with their class afterward. Respect! #UFC273— Teddy Atlas (@TeddyAtlasReal) April 10, 2022
Fight of the night— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) April 10, 2022
What a fight— Jamal Murray (@BeMore27) April 10, 2022
ROUND OF THE YEAR!!! These guys are madmen! #UFC273— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) April 10, 2022
WE WANT 2 MORE ROUNDS! GIVE US WHAT WE WANT! What a fight! #UFC273— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) April 10, 2022
We got us a FIGHT. #UFC273— Andre Fili (@TouchyFili) April 10, 2022
Burns and Chimaev should have been a 5 round fight! #UFC273— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) April 10, 2022
WHAT A FIGHT #UFC273— Chase Stokes (@hichasestokes) April 10, 2022
JEEEEZUS CHRIST what a fight! #UFC273— Jeff Molina (@jmolina_125) April 10, 2022