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UFC Fight Night: Gilbert Burns beats Tyrone Woodley and wants a shot at the title

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Brazilian welterweight Gilbert Burns upset former world champion Tyron Woodley at the UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas, with a unanimous points win.After five rounds with the American, Burns, 33, moved on to six straight wins with a 50-45, 50-44, 50-44 decision.Burns bloodied his rival in the opening round and he went on in rounds two and four to take Woodley to the floor ensuring he was dominant throughout.

“For some reason I was calling these guys out,” Burns said.”I am ready for this.”Burns won one of the $50,000 (£40,500) Night bonus performance for his win, adding:”I think I’ve made a statement to the division, I’m next to the title. To beat the former champion the way I did, I just showed up.”Woodley said to his followers from Instagram: “I have no excuses, I felt good and I trained hard.
He did a good job of keeping the distance. I have a strange peace for someone who just lost.”

Brazil’s Augusto Sakai remained undefeated in the heavyweight division in the co-main event of the night by overcoming Bulgaria’s Blagoy Ivanov after three rounds via split decision.Saturday’s action was played out again with
no fans present to protect against coronavirus spread.Dana White, president of UFC, has questioned the pace
with which the organization resumed operation after the pandemic.
Elsewhere on the card featherweight Billy Quarantillo saw off Spike Carlyle with a unanimous points win over three rounds while lightweight Roosevelt Roberts moved to 10 wins and a single loss by scoring a second-round submission win over Brok Weaver.

Mackenzie Dern also earned a Performance of the Night bonus after landing a submission by leg lock inside one round to beat Hannah Cifers, moving to eight wins from nine contests in the process.

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