Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back, as promised, with another mixed martial arts (MMA) fight card spread across both ESPN and ESPN+, which means you have no excuse to miss this Sat. night’s (May 30, 2020) big shebang … unless you have an actual life and don’t care what happens inside the partially-empty UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Featuring the UFC on ESPN 9 battle card will be the welterweight standoff pitting previous 170-pound champion Tyron Woodley against streaking division bruiser Gilbert Burns. “Durinho” takes over for Leon Edwards, who got abandoned over the lake when the poo hit the famous fan. In a matter of seconds before that session gets in progress, heavyweight co-main events Blagoy Ivanov and Augusto Sakai crash for a spot in the 265-pound title pursue.
Before we get to the principle and co-headliner examination, make certain to look at the total UFC on ESPN 9 starter card breakdown, expertly deconstructed by the stream setting Patrick Stumberg here and here. Contender turned-essayist turned-warrior once more, Andrew Richardson, did a large portion of the truly difficult work for the remainder of the fundamental card directly here. For the most recent “Woodley versus Consumes” odd.
170 lbs.: Tyron Woodley vs. Gilbert Burns
Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley
Record: 19-4-1 | Age: 38 | Betting line: -175
Wins: 7 KO/TKO, 5 SUB, 7 DEC | Losses: 1 KO/TKO, 0 SUB, 3 DEC
Height: 5’9“ | Reach: 74” | Stance: Orthodox
Striking accuracy: 448 of 939 (48%) | Takedown attempts: 5 of 13 (38%)
Current Ranking: No. 1 | Last fight: Decision loss to Kamaru Usman
Gilbert “Durinho” Burns
Record: 18-3 | Age: 33 | Betting line: +155
Wins: 6 KO/TKO, 8 SUB, 4 DEC | Losses: 1 KO/TKO, 0 SUB, 2 DEC
Height: 5’10“ | Reach: 71” | Stance: Orthodox
Striking accuracy: 408 of 927 (44%) | Takedown attempts: 13 of 56 (39%)
Current Ranking: No. 6 | Last fight: Technical knockout win over Demian Maia
We as fans — and I think this remains constant for any game — tend to drop out of adoration with ex-champions. Tyron Woodley lost his welterweight title in the wake of getting overwhelmed by Kamaru Usman and not long after the residue settled at UFC 235, there was discussion about “The Chosen One’s” inheritance and whether he was actually any acceptable in any case. That is only the remorseless idea of being a fan and once you’re no longer on top, no doubt about it who was “uncovered” by genuine rivalry. Some portion of the fault for this situation lays soundly on the shoulders of Woodley and his crappy demeanor, enrolling only two battles about the most recent three years. Consider me one of the numerous fans who are tired of dormancy in a game that is now watered down. That is not a Woodley issue, that is a UFC genius issue. What does this have to do with his presentation at UFC on ESPN 9 this end of the week in Las Vegas? A lot, when you consider that Woodley turned 38 back in April and laid an egg his last break. He looks incredible and I’m certain he feels extraordinary, however eventually he will need to reply to Father Time and if that telephone rings in “Wrongdoing City,” Gilbert Burns is going to answer it.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Burns
Main Event: Tyron Woodley vs. Gilbert Burns
When: Saturday, May 30, 2020
Where: UFC Apex
That doesn’t mean I’ve boarded the “Durinho” publicity train since I’m as yet not persuaded he’s a significant player at welterweight. Dislike he’s going head to head against a mid-level veteran, we’re discussing the No. 1-positioned warrior on the planet who is only one battle expelled from a title rule. Moreover, Burns is just in this division since he gets a kick out of the chance to remain dynamic and welterweight consistently is by all accounts needing a warm body. He positively capitalized on it, piling on three straight successes, however am I expected to go insane over a choice triumph against Alexey Kunchenko? What’s more, I’m unfortunately beating Gunnar Nelson, who like Kunchenko is unranked at 170 pounds, is definitely not a serious deal in 2020. I’m likewise not breaking out the gathering caps for his knockout win over Demian Maia who is one of the most noticeably awful strikers in the division and only a couple of months before his 43rd birthday. Recollect people, Donald Cerrone won four straight when he climbed to welterweight and afterward everything went to hellfire when he began confronting the division’s tip top.
I realize all the cool children are picking Burns in light of the fact that Woodley is yesterday’s news. I would most likely feel increasingly certain about that determination had I seen “Durinho” contend with somebody in the Top 5, similar to a Leon Edwards or a Colby Covington. Without a doubt, his striking has made considerable progress since he got treated by Dan Hooker, however Burns doesn’t have the speed or the intensity of Woodley. The inquiry is, will “The Chosen One” really use it? The Woodley who hacked down Carlos Condit and embalmed Robbie Lawler would bulldoze Burns. The avoid any and all risks Woodley who likes to divider n-slow down doesn’t, however I would be neglectful on the off chance that I didn’t make reference to that “Durinho” has never been five adjusts in his profession, something the ex-champ has completed multiple times throughout the most recent four years. Recall as well, that we are discussing a lightweight who doesn’t count calories confronting a vocation welterweight who is constructed and moves like a pure blood. Except if the downtime and latency, or oneself uncertainty in the wake of the Usman center has made him a lesser contender, this is Woodley’s challenge to lose. His wrestling is better (and kills the jiu-jitsu), he hits more earnestly, and has the sort of major game experience that Burns has just viewed on TV.
Main Card Time: 9 p.m. ET
Live stream: Hulu (free trial), Sling (free trial)
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