Main eventing the UFC Fight Night on Saturday, former UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley fought Gilbert “Durinho” Burns. Here’s how the five-round matchup went.
Bout 11: Tyron Woodley (19-4-1) vs. Gilbert Burns (18-3) (Welterweight)
After a few quiet seconds, Burns had some explosive punches that hurt Woodley. On the ground, Burns landed many hammerfist strikes to Woodley before the flurry was stopped. Burns sat in full mount on the ground. A cut on the forehead of Woodley became apparent eventually. Burns tried for a one-arm guillotine, never fully getting it in. Woodley was able to get to his feet with two minutes to go in the round. Burns landed good kicks and punches when they got to the feet.
Woodley threw a good three-punch combination at the start of the second round. Burns got a takedown halfway through the round. They stood in a clinch for a while, exchanging strikes from the position.
The second round saw the fighting slow down, being a stand-up battle throughout. The round was easily the closest of the first three. However, it was still clearly a better performance from Burns.
They jostled for position against the cage for a few minutes in the fourth round, eventually being separated due to inactivity. With under two minutes left, a multi-punch combination buckled Woodley, although he recovered before falling down. On the ground, Burns tried for a guillotine choke before the round ended.
Like the round before, they stayed in a clinch against the cage for a few minutes to start. They were separated with around half of the round left. They clinched up again, separating with a minute to go. Going to the scorecards, Burns took a unanimous decision win over the top ranked-non-champion welterweight (50-45, 50-44 & 50-44).
RESULT: Gilbert Burns def. Tyron Woodley via Decision, Unanimous
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