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Gilbert Burns “Durinho”

Gilbert Alexander Burns, commonly known in the Jiu Jitsu and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) communities by his nickname ‘Durinho’, was one of the top grappling lightweights of his generation who chose to change his focus to a career as an MMA fighter after his win at the 2011 World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships. A former member of the inovative Atos Jiu Jitsu Academy, Durinho’s career in MMA has been closely guided by Mixed Martial Arts veteran, Vitor Belfort. Gilbert Burns was also part of the coaches cast for Team Belfort at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil (Belfort vs Silva) program in 2012, later becoming a UFC fighter himself, signing his contract on May 2014.

Gilbert Burns Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Gilbert Alexander Burns

Nickname: Durinho means hard/tough in Portuguese. The nickname came more then likely due to his toughness on the mats (unconfirmed).

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Andre Pederneiras > Ramon Lemos > Gilbert Burns

Main Achievements in BJJ:

  • World Champion (2011)
  • World Pro Cup Champion (2010);
  • World No-Gi Champion (2010);
  • Brazilian National Champion (2009 CBJJE);
  • Brazilian National Champion (2010);
  • Naga Open Weight Champion (2009);
  • Lutador Grappling Champion (2010);
  • 3x World Silver Medallist (2009 – Black Belt, 2007 & 2006  Brown Belt);
  • European Bronze Medallist (2009);
  • Brazilian Nationals Silver Medallist (2007 – Brown Belt)

Position/Technique: Attack the back.

Weight Division: Peso Leve (75kg/167lbs) in Jiu Jitsu.


Gilbert Burns Biography

Gilbert Burns was born on the 20th of July 1986 in a town called Fonseca in Niteroi – State of Rio de Janeiro. He started training the the Academia Associacao Oriente in Niteroi, an important affiliate of Nova Uniao led by Welton Ribeiro. Gilbert Burns stayed with Nova Uniao until the World Championship of 2007 (in which Gilbert placed 2nd) after the competition, in the second semester of 2007 Durinho moved to Rio Claro in the state of Sao Paulo to be part of Ramon Lemos‘s team there (Gilbert already knew Ramon from his former academy), first fighting under the Brasa Academy banner and later staying with Ramon when he formed the Atos academy with André Galvão.

In 2009 Gilbert Burns put his name on the map as he conquered a silver medal in the black belt division at the sport’s greatest competition, the World Championship. After the “Mundial” he traveled to Asia to teach in Singapore, Philippines and Hong Kong, going to the United States shortly after.

With the start of 2010, Gilbert began his best period at the time, reaching to the semi finals of the European Open in January (allowing his team mate to go on to the finals), after that an amazing run at the World Pro Cup trials in Rio de Janeiro where he beat the heavy favourite Celso Venicius (who had only lost 3x as a black belt). The two met again at the semi finals of the main event in Abu Dhabi with the Niteroi wonder boy going through to the final, winning the gold medal and the 8000 dollars prize money against Claudio Mattos. Gilbert Burns continued his good form as he went on to win the Brazilian Nationals on May that year.

On October 2011 Gilbert Durinho Burns officially left the Atos team, the reason given was that Durinho had been helping MMA fighter Vitor Belfort prepare for his upcoming fights, Belfort was a direct rival of UFC champion Anderson Silva. Silva was a student of Durinho’s coach Ramon Lemos and due to the conflict of interest, Gilbert felt it was best to leave the team in good terms.

Gilbert Burns Fight Stats

1 by sub
16 by Points (64%)
3 by Advantages (12%)
0 by Penalties (0%)
6 by Submission (24%)
0 by Decision (0%)
0 by Disqualified (0%)
1 by Armbar (17%)
1 by Choke from back (17%)
Choke from back
1 by Guillotine (17%)
1 by Kneebar (17%)
1 by Mata leao (17%)
Mata leao
1 by Submission (17%)
2 by Points (50%)
0 by Advantages (0%)
1 by Penalties (25%)
1 by Submission (25%)
0 by Decision (0%)
0 by Disqualified (0%)
1 by Submission (100%)

Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1099Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 9x2World Champ.U76kgFinal2009
1188Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLSubmissionNo Gi WorldsAbsolute1/4 final2010
2908Gregor GracieGregor GracieLPts: 4x2Copa PodioU77kgSemi f.2014
2909Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 2x2, PenCopa PodioU77kg3/4 place2014
1092Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPointsWorld Champ.U76kgRound 12009
1093Rodrigo SimoesWChoke from backWorld Champ.U76kg1/4 final2009
1097Eder SouzaWPts: 10x2World Champ.U76kgSemi f.2009
1153Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 8x0WPC Gr TrialsU74kgSemi f.2010
1154Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWPts: 7x2WPC Gr TrialsU74kgFinal2010
1180Wallace CastroWMata leaoNo Gi WorldsU82kgRd 12010
1181Thiago AbreuWPts: 2x0No Gi WorldsU82kg1/4 final2010
1182Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWN/ANo Gi WorldsU82kgSemi f.2010
1183Tiago AlvesTiago AlvesWGuillotineNo Gi WorldsU82kgFinal2010
1186MilioliWPts: 8x0No Gi WorldsAbsoluteRd 12010
1187Caio TerraCaio TerraWPts: 2x2, AdvNo Gi WorldsAbsoluteRd 22010
1193Claudio MattosClaudio MattosWPts: 2x0World Pro.U74kgFinal2010
1204JT TorresJT TorresWPts: 4x4, AdvBrasileiroU76kgFinal2010
1348UnknownWSubmissionWorld Champ.U76kg2nd2011
1352Rodrigo SimoesWPts: 11x0World Champ.U76kg3rd2011
1432Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.U76kg1/4 Final2011
1459JT TorresJT TorresWPts: 4x0World Champ.U76kgSemi f.2011
1470Kron GracieKron GracieWPts: 9x2World Champ.U76kgFinal2011
2651Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 3x0NoGi WorldsU76kgSemi f.2013
2652Vitor HenriqueVitor HenriqueWPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsU76kgFinal2013
2897Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWArmbarCopa PodioU77kgGroups2014
2899Fernando VieiraFernando VieiraWPts: 2x0Copa PodioU77kgGroups2014
2902Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x0Copa PodioU77kgGroups2014
2906M. AndreWKneebarCopa PodioU77kgGroups2014
2940AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPointsADCC FloridaU77kgSuperfight2014
Gilbert Burns vs Felipe Vidal (Brazilian Nationals 2009)

Gilbert Burns at Lutador Championship

Gilbert Burns vs Claudio Mattos

Gilbert Burns vs Chris Taylor


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