Woodley-Burns Now Reportedly Moved To May 30
Following an initial back and forth regarding contracts, it appears we have a fight set for the end of the month.
ESPN confirmed earlier reports that Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns will face off on May 30 from a location to be determined. This comes after initial reports that the two welterweights would fight on May 23.
Burns (18-3) ended up confirming the bout on Twitter, stating the contract has been signed. Nothing has been said on Woodley’s side as of yet.
— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) May 19, 2020
Woodley (19-4-1) has not competed since losing the UFC Welterweight Title to Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 back in March 2019. He defended the belt four times from 2016-2019. He was supposed to face Leon Edwards at UFC London, but that event was postponed.
Burns is on a five-fight win streak. His last bout was a TKO-win over Demian Maia back in March in Brazil. “Durinho” returned to welterweight back in August after spending a few years in the lightweight division. He is currently ranked sixth in the UFC’s welterweight rankings while Woodley is ranked first.
The UFC recently held three events in Jacksonville, Florida due to the coronavirus closing down sporting venues. If Florida is not an option, and Nevada’s APEX Center is still not available, UFC President Dana White has shown interest in holding events in Arizona.
Here is the rumored card for the May 30 event:
- Woodley v. Burns
- Augusto Sakai v. Blagoy Ivanov
- Mackenzie Dern v. Hannah Cifers
- Klidson Abreu v. Jamahal Hill