Usman faces fast-rising contender and teammate Burns on July 11 in the main event of UFC 251. Since moving up to 170 pounds, Burns has been on a remarkable run, most recently dominating former champion Tyron Woodley last month to secure his title shot.
Burns’ surge comes as no surprise to dos Anjos, who’s known Burns since childhood.
“I’ve known Gilbert since like first grade,” Burns told MMA Junkie. “I was his older brother’s best friend. We were in like second grade, and Gilbert was in first grade. I’ve known Gilbert for so many years him and his brothers, and he’s a great guy. I like him a lot.”