UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs Burns Main Event Breakdown
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, May 30, 2020
After hosting three events in seven days at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida earlier this month, the UFC return to their APEX for UFC Fight Night. The APEX is a familiar venue for the promotion as it is the sight for Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, which should provide for a better viewing experience for fans.
The event is headlined by a welterweight bout between former UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns. This fight could have major implications for the winner as it could get them one-step closer to a title opportunity.
Burns has quickly rose up the ranks in the welterweight division; he comes into this fight on a 5-fight win streak that includes wins over Alexey Kunchenko, Gunnar Nelson, and Demian Maia, who he defeated via TKO at UFC Fight Night in March, which was the promotion's first event with no spectators.
Woodley on the other hand is coming into this fight with a lot to prove as this is his first bout since losing his UFC Welterweight Championship to Kamaru Usman last March. The former champion is motivated and looking to prove that he is still among the best in the division and that he deserves an opportunity to reclaim his title.
In terms of activity, Burns may have the slight advantage in that he competed two months ago and got to experience the new norm of competing with no spectators and adjusting his preparations.
Although Burns has displayed his knockout power in past fights, he will most likely want to play to his strengths and turn this bout into a grappling matchup in an attempt to slow Woodley down and tire him out rather than trade haymakers in a slugfest.
It will be interesting to see how this main event plays out as well what big fight awaits the winner after the event comes to a close.
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