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US - TBC / UK - TBC
Current rankings @ Welterweight
When is Burns vs Thompson?
Gilbert Burns will face the challenge of Stephen Thompson, as the co-main event of UFC 264, on Saturday 10th July 2021 in the United States.
The fight will be contested over 3 rounds in the Welterweight division, which means the weight limit will be 170 pounds (12.1 stone or 77.1 KG).
Burns vs Thompson stats
Gilbert Burns steps into the ring with a record of 19 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, 6 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 8 by submission.
Stephen Thompson will make his way to the ring with a record of 16 wins, 4 loses and 1 draw, with 7 of those wins by knock out and 1 by submission.
The stats suggest Thompson has advantage in power over Burns, with a 44% knock out percentage over Burns' 32%.
Gilbert Burns is the younger man by 4 years, at 34 years old.
Thompson has a height advantage of 2 inches over Burns. This also extends to a 4-inch reach advantage.
Burns is arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 2 more fights, and made his debut in 2012, 1 year and 11 months later than Thompson, whose first professional fight was in 2010. He has fought 13 less professional rounds, 46 to Thompson's 59.
Burns vs Thompson form
Stephen Thompson has beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight, he beat Geoff Neal at UFC Vegas 17 on 19th December 2020 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Vicente Luque at UFC 244 on 2nd November 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
Going into that contest, he Anthony Pettis at UFC on ESPN+ 6 on 23rd March 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at Bridgestone Arena, Nashville.
Before that, he Darren Till at UFC Fight Night 130 on 27th May 2018 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
He had won against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 217 on 4th November 2017 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States.
Burns' last 4 fights have come over a period of 1 year, 7 months and 13 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 4 months and 27 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 12 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 3 rounds on average.
Thompson's last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years, 6 months and 7 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 8 months and 13 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 18 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 3.6 rounds on average.