UFC star Gilbert Burns helps brain surgery survivor train in jiu-jitsu

UFC welterweight Gilbert Burns yesterday helped a brain surgery survivor return to jiu-jitsu training at Sanford MMA.

While there are plenty of good guys in the mixed martial arts world, few are as beloved as Gilbert Burns.

The Brazilian is the kind of fighter who radiates ‘what you see is what you get’ energy. He does nothing for show and instead chooses to fight every day, both in and out of the Octagon.

If his kindness was ever in doubt, the following Instagram video of him helping Matt, who is recovering from emergency brain surgery, should serve as perfect proof.

“A pleasure to bring my guy Matt @brainsurgerysurvivor back to Jiu-Jitsu after serious brain surgery! Believe me Matt, it was more beneficial for me than for you!

Sanford is a gym brimming with talent from head to toe and it says a lot that one of their biggest names has taken the time to make it happen.

A defeat and a victory?

In his last outing at UFC 273 earlier this month, Gilbert Burns came face to face with the man the masses have been dreading for months now – Khamzat Chimaev.

“Borz” has been identified as the boogeyman and also the individual who could, most likely, dethrone Kamaru Usman and become the UFC welterweight champion.

However, in Jacksonville, ‘Durinho’ pushed the Chechen sensation to its limits in ways some didn’t think possible.

The second round, in particular, was dominant for Burns as it dropped Chimaev and put him in trouble until the bell rang.

He may not have had his hand raised by the end of the night, but he won the hearts of everyone watching and reaffirmed his status as one of the best 170-pounders on the planet.

Between that and his win over Stephen Thompson, we’d say he won another big fight later this year.

He may not get another title anytime soon, but all the other top 15 fighters need to watch out, as the 35-year-old is far from done.

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Kristen T. Prall