As Gilbert Burns recalls a heated training session with BJJ superstar Nicky Rodriguez, he says, “It got to the point where everyone stopped to watch us.”

One of the most skilled practitioners of Brazilian jiu-jitsu in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Gilbert Burns has won nine submissions in his mixed martial arts career and holds many world titles in the sport of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Burns related a story about his training session with heavyweight Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu great Nicky Rodriguez during a recent interview on the JAXXON PODCAST, which was hosted by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, a former champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The grappling teacher for Alexander Volkanoski, Craig Jones, is the leader of the B-Team Jiu-Jitsu, which includes the fighter known as “Nicky Rod.” When Rodriguez was still only a blue belt, he won a silver medal in the 2019 ADCC World Championship. This was the moment that Rodriguez made his debut in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world.

Gilbert Burns related a story about his heated roll with Rodriguez at the well-known Renzo Gracie BJJ “blue basement” in New York City. He said the following:

‘Now it’s going to be back-specific [drills],’ they remarked to me when I was working out with Nicky. In the beginning, the person is in the turtle position. So I will begin from the bottom. That insane dude is making a face at me, and he came dangerously close to rolling my neck. I was so enraged that I tapped on it. After that, I made the statement, “Okay, it’s going to be my turn.” And then, when it was his turn, I jumped on his neck with everything I had!

He went on to say:

After I had his neck, he patted me on the shoulder. And then, because both of their egos were present, the training became even more peculiar. On the other hand, he was going [hard] and I was going [hard]. ‘No, let’s go again,’ we are informed after being told to switch partners. We proceeded with our journey. When it reached that stage, everyone stopped what they were doing to watch us train. We frantically tried to scramble.”

Gilbert Burns reveals Sean Strickland warned him about possible brawl with Dricus du Plessis upon his arrival

The fight that took place between Sean Strickland and Dricus du Plessis in the crowd at UFC 296 a few weeks ago was the highlight of the event when it was broadcast.

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Ahead of the pay-per-view show, they went to the promotion’s press conference for the 2024 Season to help promote their title fight at UFC 297 in January. During the press conference, Du Plessis triggered Strickland by recalling the traumatic experiences he had experienced as a youth.

The following day, at UFC 296, the two individuals were seated two rows apart from one another, and they ended up coming to blows with one another.

Gilbert Burns, who was sitting next to Sean Strickland in the crowd, revealed the response of the middleweight champion to seeing ‘Stillknocks’ when he entered the arena. Burns was surprised to see the phrase.

In the course of his participation on the JAXXON PODCAST, Burns stated:

The statement that [Sean] made was, ‘This blasted dude is right there.’ ‘And what?’ I asked in response. ‘I might do something with this man,’ Sean remarked. ‘I might do anything?’ After that, he continued, “But your family is here.” This was before the fight took place. I promise that I will let you know in advance if I take any action.'” [In the video listed above, between 13:10 and 14:15]

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