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Fight Night: Woodley vs Burns

UFC Pros reacts to Gilbert Burns’ Dominating Performance Against Tyron Woodley

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Gilbert Burns takes on Kamaru Usman

UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs Burns was all sorts of spectacle. With a win over former champion Tyron Woodley, GIlbert Burns earned the respect of the MMA fans around the world. Burns picked up a unanimous decision victory and showed all signs of a potential champion as he dominated Woodley throughout the five rounds of the fight. Burns was quick with his hands, and solid with his ground work, managing to successfully attempt two take-downs against someone who is credited for his impeccable take-down defense. Woodley showed no signs of comeback, after Burns tagged him early in the first round, which rendered a deep cut on his left eye. While one would have hoped for a more aggressive Woodley going into the fight, the former champion largely remained on his backfoot, with Burns dictating the pace of the game. With this win, Gilbert Burns has put his name forward for title contention.

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“I have a lot of respect for you. But I am next.” Burns said, referring to Kamaru Usman, in his post match interview. Apparently, both Burns and Usman are training partners at the gym, and will likely face each other for the championship belt if everything goes as planned for Burns.

UFC Pros reacts to Woodley vs Burns

While many fighters had predicted Tyron Woodley to get his hand raised, it was Gilbert Burns who defied all odds, and came out victorious at the night of the action.

Burns vs Woodley

Burns vs Woodley

 

What’s next for Gilbert Burns?

The outcome of Woodley vs Burns adjusts another fighter worthy of a title shot. With Leon Edwards, Jorge Masvidal, and Gilbert Burns aiming to get the title opportunity, Covington has also expressed interest in a rematch. It remains to be seen where welterweight division will go from here, and who will fight Usman next.

 

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