UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs Burns May 30th

Posted by Derrick Harper on May 28, 2020 in

UFC on ESPN 9 will be a fight night that will feature a cannot miss welterweight showdown on May 30th. The main event will be headlined by  Woodley vs  Burns. There are still no spectators allowed, but the event is at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can catch the Sun City event in its entirety ethrough ESPN+. Let’s take a closer look at how each fighter arrives to this event and their UFC odds.

UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs Burns

Odds For Main Event

The market has been fairly unanimous in their odds for this Woodley vs Burns showdown. MyBookie’s odds for this fight are currently sitting at:

*These odds are subject to changes

The Fighters

Tyron Woodley (19-4-1)

 Woodley is currently ranked the best overall fighter in the welterweight division. His resume is no joke, as he has 7 wins by knockout, 5 by submission, and 4 successful title defenses. He delivers his strikes with a striking accuracy of 48 percent and is able to get a hold of his opponents with a grappling accuracy of 38 percent.

“The Chosen One” delivers 2.64 significant strikes a minute while he takes on 3.95 in the same time frame. This ratio between the two, shows that he gets hit by significant strikes a little more than he delivers.

Some more positives are that he has an almost perfect takedown defense, sitting at 92 percent and a slightly better than average significant strike defense at 57 percent. Woodley also has averaged 0.44 takedowns and 0.27 submissions per 15 minutes.

Gilbert Burns (18-3-0)

Burns has been moving up the ranks and has managed to place 6th in the welterweight division. To prove his success from his resume, he is currently on a 4 fight win streak, has 5 wins by knockout, and 8 by submission. He has been able to deliver with a striking accuracy of 44 percent and a take hold of his opponents with grappling accuracy of 39 percent.

“Durinho” delivers 3.22 significant strikes a minute and absorbs 3.25 in the same span. This is a much better ratio, since it is a 1:1 compared to what Woodley has.

In addition to the good news above, he has a somewhat poor takedown defense at 43 percent and a significant strike defense of about 58 percent. That takedown defense could haunt him but he should be able to hold his own on the ground. Burns also has been able to average 2.60 takedowns and 0.71 submissions per 15 minutes.

Who Wins This Fight?

Woodley’s last event was a losing effort against a tough Usman, which ended in a decision. Burns is in the early stages of a fighting streak and is trying to keep it going.

One particular fighter seems to stand out a little more for this one. I like the looks of Woodley and here is why:

Woodley can handle any situation and has proven to win in any way he needs. With their matchup on paper, he has a better striking accuracy and better overall fight game.

 Pick: Woodley wins via TKO