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’.