UPDATE: 11:48 pm: Gilbert Burns wins by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45). Burns dominated the fight both in the stand-up and on the ground. He led significant strikes landed 76-29, and had the only two takedowns during the match.
MMA returns on Saturday, May 30th with UFC on ESPN 9. The 11-fight card gets underway at 6 p.m. ET, and is headlined by Tyron Woodley vs. Gilbert Burns in a matchup of welterweight contenders.
Woodley is 19-4-1 and the No. 1 contender in the welterweight class. He was welterweight champion for three years before losing his title via unanimous decision to Kamaru Usman at UFC 235. He had won the welterweight title with a KO of Robbie Lawler at UFC 201 in 2016, and successfully defended it with three wins and a draw before the March 2020 defeat to Usman.
Burns is the sixth ranked welterweight and is riding a five-fight win streak. Most recently he defeated Demian Maia via first round TKO at UFC Fight Night 170 on March 14th. His last defeat came via first round KO to Dan Hooker at UFC 226 in 2018.
Woodley lands 2.64 significant strikes per minute, and has absorbed 3.95 per minute. He has a takedown average of 0.44 and submission average of 0.27. Woodley has a knockdown average of 0.88 and won 37 percent of his fights by KO or TKO, 26 percent by submission, and 37 percent by decision. His average fight time is 13:04.
Burns lands 3.22 per minute and absorbs 3.25. He has a takedown average of 2.6 and submission average of 0.71. Burns has a knockdown average of 0.36 and won 29 percent of his fights by KO or TKO, 47 percent by submission, and 24 percent by decision. His average fight time is 10:34.
Tyron Woodley: -182
Gilbert Burns: +150
Tyron Woodley: $8,800
Gilbert Burns: $7,400