Updated: May 30, 2020
We are back this weekend with another great card. The UFC has been doing everything in its power to ensure that fight fans have a continuous stream of violence as things start to settle in the world with CoronaVirus. Headlining this card will be the Ex-UFC champion, Tyron Woodley vs. rising star, Gilbert Burns.
This will be an exciting matchup as both athletes are built with powerful frames, both have a knack for aggression, and both fighters will look for the explosive finish when the opportunity arises. Woodley will be coming into this fight with plenty of recovery time from his title defense loss against Kamaru Usman. “The Chosen One” will be looking to avenge that loss and bring his name back into the forefront of title contender conversation. Achieving this will be easier said than done, however, against rising contender “Durinho” Burns. Gilbert is coming off of a five-fight win streak that has seen him take-out top-level fighters such as Damian Maia and Gunnar Nelson, to name a few.
Burns will come to the fight with a high-level striking plan, formulated by kickboxing legend and star coach, Henri Hooft. He also has extreme grappling capability and showed no fear going to the ground against arguably the greatest jiu-jitsu fighter of all time in Maia.
Woodley, a natural counter striker, will most likely want to keep this fight standing and will look to move laterally and backward, setting up patterns for an explosive counterpunch. Burns will most likely pressure forward. Aware of the counterstriking power of Woodley, he will look to poke holes in Woodley’s game plan and even possibly pressure him to the cage.
Woodley is not to be looked over on the ground, though, as he is also a blackbelt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Overall, this fight will be determined by who can control the center of the octagon and establish their pace first.