Another night with UFC fights will brighten up the quarantine of sports fans. However, there are fears that the main battle of this night will not be too spectacular. The main event of the evening – the former UFC welterweight champion will compete with a promising challenger. I believe we will see a motivated former champ. One thing is certain: such fight cannot be missed. Let’s look at the predictions and best pick on Tyron Woodley vs Gilbert Burns at the UFC Fight Night.
Tyron Woodley, a MMA fighter who knocked out the entire division, fought in champion matches six times, but when he lost once, everyone forgot his achievements. Gilbert Burns, an ever-evolving athlete who is hungry for championship achievements, who will fight Woodley after the most important victory in his career at the moment. Both fighters believe in victory, both fighters have something to prove, and there is something to fight for.
Here is everything you need to know about UFC Fight Night featuring Woodley vs. Burns, including the time, odds, full fight card info and how to watch the event.
- Event: UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Burns
- Date: Saturday 05.30.2020 at 06:00 PM ET
- Venue: UFC APEX
- Enclosure: Octagon
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
- Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 11 of 11)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 170 lbs (77.1 kg) WelterWeight Bout
After a successful trio of fights in Jacksonville, the UFC will return to its headquarters of Las Vegas to host its next event at the UFC Apex on Saturday, May 30. Just on a reduced level without the usual fanfare, as top welterweight contenders Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns tangle in the main event. Tyron Woodley has always been too boring and pragmatic fighter. Will he be able to change the opinion of UFC fans about himself?
Tyron Woodley “The Chosen One” form
In March 2019, UFC longtime champion in this division Tyron Woodley lost by unanimous decision to Kamaru Usman and gave him the welterweight championship belt. Woodley has long had his share of detractors, with UFC president Dana White even once criticizing his performance in a title bout. Prior to this, Tyron did not know defeats for five years and seven fights. Since then, Tyrone did not appear in the octagon. Either licked the wounds, or expected a good offer. But Dana White did not indulge in good offers from the former champion, and he generally treats Woodley without due respect – he is too boring a fighter and, apparently, does not bring much money to the UFC promotion. Woodley was one of the most unlikely champions according to fans. He rarely had vivid fights. Basically, he tried to outplay his rivals tactically and win on points. Tyron won the last race by knockout in 2016 at the UFC 201 tournament. Then in the first round he knocked out Robbie Lawler. Throughout his career, no one has been able to force Woodley to surrender.
Tyron is a basic freestyle wrestler who has perfected his percussion skills. True, we single out one remark. Woodley is a “one-armed” fighter. He has a terrible blow to the right, but will not use his left hand. With his front hand, he simply measures the distance of attack. No one has caught him on this mistake yet. In the struggle, Tyrone degraded. Kamaru Usman translated it very easily and did not even encounter any difficulty. Takedown Defense Woodley did not work. But the American did not succeed in getting on his feet. Tyron Woodley is often described as an explosive wrestler with a huge right hand. This is true, but fans neglect to mention how brilliant he is at setting up the right hand.
“Burns will not be ready for what I am going to do. He will not be ready for what he has to reach exhaustion. I had the opportunity to choose a three-round fight, but I chose five rounds because Burns had never fought five rounds before. In a three-round fight, you can have a good start, and then mess around, but in five rounds it won’t work. This is my goal: just to drag him into deep waters and drown”, – Tyron Woodley said.
Tyron Woodley Top 5 Finishes
Gilbert Burns “Durinho” form
Saturday, May 30, will be Burns’ first-ever main event fight in the UFC. The Brazilian fighter has been fighting at the UFC since 2014, but only last year he revealed his fighting potential. Now he has 5 wins streak. If Burns can defeat Woodley, then, obviously, he will become the main contender for the championship match.
Gilbert is a world class Jiu-Jitsu fighter. He also brought his stance to a high level. Gilbert even has an advantage in this component. If Woodley hopes for one hit and finishing, then Gilbert used to break opponents gradually. It has a good work rate and can quite comfortably reach a solution. In a pure fight, Gilbert is not like the classic jitsers. But can he knock down a fighter like Woodley? Interestingly, Burns is a teammate of Kamaru Usman and the two have strategized extensively before this bout. “Kamaru Usman has been helping me a lot” – Gilbert Burns gives insight into his training camp. But in any case, we see an advantage in the ground with the Brazilian. He is dangerous in his tricks, and Tyron is better not to fool around.
Tyron Woodley characterized Burns perfectly: “I know everything he does, I know what he is – he has a good left hook, an uppercut, he has knees, kicks, and he loves to beat a lowkick on his lower leg. I really did not see him very different from battle to battle. I saw his style, and I took it apart, although there is always an element of surprise.”
Top Finishes: Gilbert Burns
Head-to-head betting tips statistic
Take note. Was consider going into his card is the UFC’s decision to use a smaller, 25-foot octagon at the APEX, instead of the standard 30-foot cage. The use of the smaller octagon has historically increased fight finish rates and shortened average fight times due to the ability to create more action and engagement between the two fighters.
|Tyron Woodley “The Chosen One”||vs||Gilbert Burns “Durinho”|
|19-4-1||Pro record at fight||18-3-0|
|L-W-W-W-D||5 last fight||W-W-W-W-W|
|-190 (Slight Favorite)||Early betting odds||+155 (Slight Underdog)|
|St. Louis, Missouri||Fighting out of||Boca Raton, Florida|
|38 years, 1 month, 6 days||Age at fight||33 years, 10 months, 3 days|
|170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs)||Latest weight||170.5 lbs (77.3 kgs)|
|5’9″ (176cm)||Height||5’10” (178cm)|
|74.0″ (188cm)||Reach||71.0″ (180cm)|
|American Top Team||Gym||Blackzilians|
If you disassemble the work in the stance, then Burns works more actively, moves more, while Woodley prefers to wait and then explode. But both athletes have a knockout blow, and it is difficult to give preference to any fighter in this aspect. As for the stalls, Woodley is a more skilled fighter, while Burns has a more filigree jujitsu. So the skills of the fighters are combined perfectly. Woodley certainly has more serious opposition, but if in the last battles we saw about the same Tyron Woodley, then Gilbert Burns shows something new in almost every fight, he is in a constant development process, and maybe all the top rivals in it is yet to come. It is worth noting that for Gilbert Burns this will be the first five-round duel in his career, while Woodley had four. But looking at Burns training, I do not think that he will go down to the championship rounds.
Woodley is no longer young and with every fight it becomes more noticeable. But he is still a favorite in a duel against Burns. And this is surprising if you look at what an amazing form the Brazilian fighter has gained recently. Burns is dangerous and being a little under the radar might give him a little extra value. But the one-punch power of Woodley, in addition to his edges in strategy and experience, seems to make him the more-bankable choice.
Tyron Woodley vs Gilbert Prediction and best pick
A very small number of sports events resumed their work during the pandemic, and the attention of millions of spectators will be riveted to the UFC Fight Night. Both fighters are interested in showing a bright, exciting fight. Woodley is the more powerful striker standing up with a longer reach, and he has a clear edge in the wrestling department. Woodley should look to get Burns on his back and possibly finish this thing with ground and pound.
So what to do, what to bet on? The betting odds have Woodley as a favorite and here’s why. The result depends in part on Tyron’s motivation. If Woodley is again eager to take the championship belt, then he is able to pass Burns in class. Gilbert is given a serious advance, recording him in the top welterweight fighters. The Brazilian did not have really high-profile victories, nor did Woodley-level rivals. The experience-factor could be big here. It seems that the main factor in favor of the American will be attentive work second number.
Unlike bookmakers, I don’t really believe in the early conclusion of the fight. Woodley, most likely, will come up with some tricky plan, which pragmatically implements. And win by decision.
With all due respect to Burns, I like Woodley in this matchup. He seems angry and motivated to make a statement. Prediction: Woodley win by decision