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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After an impromptu faceoff at the hotel while wearing towels, Gilbert Burns and Khamzat Chimaev had a formal staredown for the first time Friday at the UFC 273 ceremonial weigh-ins.
Burns (20-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC) and Chimaev (10-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) locked eyes ahead of the massive welterweight fight, which takes place at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.
Check out the video of the faceoff above.
Although it’s clear both men have respect for one another, there was a lot of intensity as they came face-to-face – particularly after their heated exchanges at Thursday’s press conference.