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Where Kevin Burns came from

The unfortunately named Mike Chiappetta has a pretty in depth look at just who the fuck that Kevin Burns guy was that subbed out Roan Carneiro at UFC85.

Think about this: Carneiro is a jiu-jitsu black belt who trains at the legendary American Top Team, a school that boasts around 30 black belts in its program. Burns is a blue belt and doesn’t have a single black belt to train with at his school.

Even in his most confident moments before the fights, he acknowledges that “never in a million years” did he expect to tap Carneiro.

“When I felt him tap it was surreal,” he says. “I looked up at [referee] Mario Yamasaki, and was thinking, ‘Do you see the fact he’s tapping? I can’t believe it. I think I just won.'”

The story of how this hard-working guy dedicated himself to making it into the UFC and winning is nothing short of inspiring. Unfortunately, I’ve got a bad feeling about the next chapter: a fight against Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, aka ‘that guy who punches people’s heads off’.

  • Steve


    Rumble Johnson is the flavor of the month and is seriously overrated. Everyone remembers his great KO’s and forgets about the fact that Rich Clementi made him tap. If Burns can make Carneiro tap, he can certainly do the same to Johson.

  • catch

    lol, I can’t believe I’ve seen mike chiapetta’s name several times without catching that.

  • godzillad

    Not to mention the Clementi connected flush on Johnson’s chin repeatedly.

  • fightfan

    I really like this dude. I hope they match him up with Diego for next fight. I would love to see Diego “test” out his striking skills against someone, well, that can strike.

    But, since he is a TUF winner and he is 2-2 in his last 4 fights……they will most likely feed him bums that he far out talents so he can look like a superstar for another 3 or 4 fights.

    This would be a great match up. Both are cocky as hell. But mostly I would love to watch Diego get the living piss stomped out of him, a la Tommy Speer

  • Steve

    Diego would demolish Johnson.

    It would be like Thiago Silva versus Houston Alexander all over again.

  • JoshMan

    I saw Burns fight live right before his UFC debut(Victory Fighting) and he knocked his opponent out hard. Hopefully he sticks to the ground, though, or I see highlight reel KO and he’ll have to tell his mom he got beat by a black guy.

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  • Zane

    definitely give this guy his due respect, he came out and found a way to win. in my opinion a black belt doesnt mean he is any better than a blue belt when its MMA Jiu Jitsu. in a grappling fight yes obviously, but burns had the advantage of carneiro not thinking he would attempt to sub him from the bottom. my hats off to him

  • Suparaf

    Burns looked phenomenal and I can’t wait to see him fight again. On the other hand I liked how Rumble handled Speers very much. Hopefully those two will make the fight of the night.

  • jaydog

    a well told story

  • Mike

    “Where Kevin Burns came from”

    I’m pretty sure he came out his mom’s snatch