Gilbert Burns leaps into title contention with shutout victory vs. Tyron Woodley

Ruben Fields
June 2, 2020

Instead, the most controversial moment was in charge of the Brazilian Augusto Sakai, who took advantage a prohibited maneuver that went unnoticed to clinch a split decision victory over Blagoy Ivanov, in the penultimate duel of the first UFC event in his hometown since the coronavirus pandemic began.

"I don't know why I am at peace - not with losing, not with defeating, not with losing to Gilbert".

The event was held without the presence of the public in the UFC Apex, a small gym with facilities to broadcast the battles on the platform's corporate campus.

The 33-year-old was in control from the outset and was awarded a deserved unanimous decision, with the judges scoring the fight 50-45, 50-44 and 50-44 in his favor.

Woodley, meanwhile, was no match for Burns in what was his first bout since losing the UFC welterweight championship to Kamaru Usman in March previous year. I looked (Gilbert Burns) in the eyes yesterday and I knew he was going to be ready to fight. "I just want to stay busy". "I felt like, if it wasn't based on rounds, I knew that I beat him up more than he beat me up", Quarantillo said after his victory. You mother f*ckers saw it but whatever. In fact, Burns knocked Woodley down in the opening minute, using a right uppercut, a right knee and a then flurry of punches. Burns called out Usman in his post-fight interview.

"If you book another guy for the title, give me who's available".

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"I've got a lot of respect and love for you". If they want to make a fight in July, come on. Burns controlled the pacing and continuously stalked the former champion.

Woodley, who suffered a nasty cut above his left eye, addressed his latest setback on Instagram, saying: "I felt good".

Burns has now scored consecutive impressive victories over Gunnar Nelson, Demian Maia and Woodley. Woodley had reigned atop the division for almost three years, and the 38-year-old University of Missouri graduate said he dealt with depression while debating whether to stay in MMA or to pursue a music career.

After an eight-week break, the UFC returned to competition earlier this month with three shows over eight days in Jacksonville, Florida.

Main card (9 p.m. ET) on ESPN+.

But after Saturday night, it's beginning to feel like the UFC needs to get welterweight moving. Two-division champion Amanda Nunes' featherweight title defense against Canada's Felicia Spencer headlines the pay-per-view card.

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