Gilbert Burns started BJJ only because his dad was able to exchange auto repairs for classes

Tomorrow night’s co-main event of UFC 288 features an exciting welterweight title eliminator that promises to be a great matchup.

Gilbert Burns, a former title challenger, is set to take on the surging Belal Muhammad in this exciting welterweight bout.

Just a few weeks ago, we saw Burns take on Jorge Masvidal at UFC 287. In a dominant performance, Burns showcased his skills and proved he’s still a top contender in the division. This is his second consecutive win after a tough loss to Khamzat Chimaev.

Burns’ record in the welterweight division is impressive, with seven wins and only two losses to his name, one of which was to the former champion Kamaru Usman. With a win against Muhammad, Burns will secure his second title shot, and he’s definitely looking to make it happen.

Belal Muhammad, on the other hand, has been on a roll since his loss to Geoff Neal in 2019. He’s won eight of his last nine, with his only no-contest coming against current champion Leon Edwards.

Muhammad’s record of 12-1, 1 NC in his last fourteen is quite impressive. However, he hasn’t been able to secure that elusive fifth win in a row yet.

As a part of the promotion for the event, Burns did an interesting interview with Home of fight, and in it he explained the peculiar way he started in BJJ:

“We had a body shop at home. My daddy used to work there, like fixing the cab on the each side of the car. And we were very poor back then. And one of the clients was a jujitsu coach. And then we saw Gi grappling with the gi. And at the end of the service, my my dad asked that client if if, you know, if we can start training. ”

“They exchange the service that my dad paid on his car for us to start train. You could train for three months for the same price. And then we start doing that. ”

Sadly, Burns’ kids know jiu-jitsu but they seem more interested in American football:

“Actually, they did jujitsu for while they did jujitsu. Wrestling. They maybe boxing a little bit when they but now they fell in love with football they doing American football flag football and they love it so much in they they’re very good at that.”