UFC Struggle Evening Tyron Woodley vs. Gilbert Burns — Reside outcomes, evaluation

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The UFC returns to Las Vegas on Saturday evening because the struggle capital of the world reopens for fight sports activities with a welterweight important occasion between former champion Tyron Woodley (19-4-1) and rising challenger Gilbert Burns (18-3).

In addition to all the pieces went for the UFC in Jacksonville — 32 complete bouts and just one athlete, middleweight Jacare Souza, testing constructive for the coronavirus — Las Vegas was at all times the place the UFC hoped to settle in long-term. The corporate relies in Las Vegas, and the Nevada State Athletic Fee is among the many finest on this planet.

Las Vegas — and, doubtlessly, Struggle Island — would be the UFC’s dwelling for the foreseeable future, and this distinctive chapter of MMA historical past will start on the Apex facility on the UFC’s campus.

Woodley hasn’t fought since dropping his title to Kamaru Usman through unanimous resolution on March 2, 2019. A part of that storyline was Woodley permitting himself to be distracted by issues reminiscent of releasing a rap album shortly after the struggle. However Woodley stated he has been as targeted as he is ever been main up this bout.

Burns has gained 5 straight and is trying to propel himself into the title dialog.

One factor to look out for is how the smaller 25-foot Octagon — it is normally 30 ft — will influence the motion.

The cardboard may even characteristic strawweight prospect Mackenzie Dern (7-1) reverse Hannah Cifers (10-4) and former flyweight title challenger Katlyn Chookagian (13-3) in opposition to Antonina Shevchenko (8-1), amongst others.

Brett Okamoto, Marc Raimondi and Jeff Wagenheim provide their evaluation and perception for each struggle on the cardboard.

Struggle in progress

Girls’s flyweight: Katlyn Chookagian (13-3, 6-Three UFC, +115) vs. Antonina Shevchenko (8-1, 3-1 UFC, -135)


Welterweight: Daniel Rodriguez (12-1, 2-Zero UFC) def. Gabe Inexperienced (9-3, 0-1 UFC) by unanimous resolution

Rodriguez landed a left hand. Inexperienced continued to push ahead. Rodriguez landed a 1-2 mixture. Inexperienced saved the strain. Rinse, repeat.

Rodriguez gutted out a unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) in a victory over Inexperienced that was a lot nearer than the scorecards have indicated. Rodriguez continuously discovered a house for his massive left hand, which left Inexperienced’s face bloody. However not as soon as did Inexperienced decelerate. He was the aggressor all through, particularly late within the bout.

Rodriguez’s finest sequence got here within the second spherical when he landed three straight left palms, all clear. He typically labored off his jab. Inexperienced ate a ton of photographs, however nonetheless saved the tempo excessive. Within the third, he caught Rodriguez with a looping left and a giant proper. The third was Inexperienced’s finest spherical, however Rodriguez nonetheless pulled off the win.

“That dude is hard,” Rodriguez stated. “He saved coming.”

Rodriguez, 33, has now gained eight straight, together with his first two fights within the UFC. The Los Angeles-area native trains out of 10th Planet underneath Eddie Bravo and the BMF Ranch with Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. Inexperienced, a 27-year-old California native, was making his UFC debut. He had his six-fight profitable streak snapped.

Mild heavyweight: Jamahal Hill (8-0, 2-Zero UFC) defeats Klidson Abreu (15-5, 1-Three UFC) by first-round TKO

Hill entered the evening as the one unbeaten fighter on this 11-bout occasion. He rapidly prolonged his excellent document, needing simply 1:51 to earn his second UFC victory and the eighth win of his profession general.

Hill, a 29-year-old out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, lived as much as his “Candy Goals” nickname by sleeping Abreu with a slick mixture. The southpaw landed a proper hook to stun the Brazilian, then dropped him with a knee to the physique for his fourth profession KO/TKO and third first-round end.

Abreu was by no means within the struggle. Hill dropped him throughout the first minute with a straight left adopted by a proper hook. And from there it was all Hill, who landed crisp punches each time Abreu tried to advance, then ended it with the exact combo.

It was Abreu’s third loss in his previous 4 fights.

— Wagenheim

Watch this struggle on ESPN+.

Males’s flyweight: Brandon Royval (11-4, 1-Zero UFC) defeats Tim Elliott (16-11-1, 5-9 UFC) by second-round arm triangle

Royval scored an upset submission win over former title challenger Elliott, securing the faucet through arm-triangle choke at 3:18 of the second spherical.

Royval, who fights out of Denver, survived a wickedly excessive tempo set by Elliott, and ultimately beat him within the very place Elliott appeared decided to take the struggle: the bottom. Elliott repeatedly shot into Royval’s hips on the ft, looking for a takedown. He had success doing so all through, however appeared to fuel out from the trouble.

The 27-year-old Royval noticed his probability for a end within the second body, after calmly escaping a free guillotine try by Elliott. He transitioned into full mount after which instantly to the choke on Elliott’s left facet. Elliott tapped nearly instantly, ensuing within the 10th end of Royval’s profession.

“He gassed out, I did not look good in any respect,” stated Royval, who admitted he was dissatisfied within the quantity of takedowns he surrendered. “Unhealthy efficiency.”

Regardless of the newcomer’s self-criticism, it was a really robust strategy to start his UFC profession.

Elliott has misplaced three straight fights, tied for the longest dropping streak of his MMA profession.

— Okamoto

Watch this struggle on ESPN+.

Males’s bantamweight: Casey Kenney (14-2-1, 4-2 UFC) defeats Louis Smolka (16-7, 7-7 UFC) by first-round guillotine

It did not look a high-percentage submission try. Kenney was on prime, nowhere close to a dominant mount. However he went for a guillotine choke anyway — and Smolka tapped.

Kenney picked up maybe the most important win of his profession, a submission victory with a guillotine from half guard at 3:03 of the primary spherical. The sequence began with Kenney wobbling Smolka with a proper cross. Previous to the end, it was a back-and-forth battle with each touchdown good punches.

Smolka was working the physique, however Kenney received the job carried out with a giant proper hand and slick Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

The bout passed off at featherweight, however each are regulars within the bantamweight division

“That is how I struggle,” Kenney instructed Daniel Cormier afterward. “I come and take your head off — neck, arm, one thing.”

Kenney, 29, has gained three of 4 within the UFC and 7 of his previous eight general. The Arizona resident is a former interim champion in LFA at each bantamweight and flyweight.

Smolka, a 28-year-old Hawaii native, has dropped two of his previous three fights.

— Raimondi

Watch this struggle on ESPN+.

Males’s featherweight: Chris Gutierrez (15-3-1, 3-1 UFC) defeats Vince Morales (9-5, 1-Three UFC) by second-round TKO

Gutierrez gained his third straight struggle with a bruising efficiency, ending it at 4:27 of Spherical 2 by dropping Morales with a kick to his lead leg. His different lead leg.

Morales was in a southpaw stance by then, out of necessity. He began out orthodox, however Gutierrez wrecked his left leg with a succession of low kicks all through the primary spherical.

Morales, his mobility severely restricted, needed to change it up earlier than the primary 5 minutes have been over, however that proved to not be a sustainable reply. One final kick to the best calf despatched Morales to the canvas, and Jason Herzog mercifully jumped in, one thing the referee had appeared poised to do for the higher a part of the spherical.

That gave Gutierrez, a 29-year-old out of Colorado, the 11th end by leg kicks in UFC historical past, in line with the promotion. Unofficially, he landed 36 of 45 leg strikes, in line with UFC Stats. Total, Gutierrez’s hanging benefit was 60-8.

“A pair fights again I turned the primary Guatemalan fighter to ever step foot within the Octagon, so simply to be making historical past says so much and I am proud to be that individual,” Gutierrez stated. “I feel the No. 1 factor is to have the ability to adapt and overcome.

“I need to win and be capable of assist my household.”

Morales has misplaced three of 4 within the UFC.

— Wagenheim

Watch this struggle on ESPN+.

Nonetheless to return

Welterweight: Tyron Woodley (19-4-1, 9-3-1 UFC, -180) vs. Gilbert Burns (18-3, 11-Three UFC, +160)

Heavyweight: Blagoy Ivanov (18-3, 2-2 UFC, -105) vs. Augusto Sakai (14-1-1, 4-Zero UFC, -115)

Catchweight (150 kilos): Billy Quarantillo (13-2, 2-Zero UFC, -130) vs. Spike Carlyle (9-1, 1-Zero UFC, +110)

Light-weight: Brok Weaver (15-4, 2-Zero UFC, +260) vs. Roosevelt Roberts (9-1, 4-1 UFC, -320)

Strawweight: Mackenzie Dern (7-1, 2-1 UFC, -440) vs. Hannah Cifers (10-4, 2-2 UFC, +350)


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