The screeching sound you may have heard late Saturday night if you were anywhere near Jacksonville, Florida,
was the Khamzat Chimaev hype train slowing its roll. Gilbert Burns was the one applying the brakes.
Burns had been bloodied and beaten down in a brutal opening round, but he had survived.
And as his UFC 273 fight against the skyrocketing star
that is Chimaev moved into the second round, Burns started to seize control.
This was unlike anything we had seen in Chimaev's first four UFC outings.
This time he was in a competitive fight. And Chimaev showed that he was up to the challenge.
After a back-and-forth three rounds, during which each man landed big punches and had big moments,
Chimaev got the nod from all three judges (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) to prove something vital and sustainable.
Chimaev showed that he belongs in the Octagon with the elite of the UFC's welterweight division. The hype train keeps chugging along.
This victory was far different than the nights of Chimaev's total domination that had come before. In each of his previous appearances, Chimaev had looked
superhuman in piling up video game-type numbers. A 124-2 edge in total strikes in his UFC debut. A 68-0 shutout in his return 10 days later.