Tyron Woodley v Gilbert Burns UFC Fight Night Predictions & Tips: Woodley To Bounce Back?

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Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is looking to return to winning ways, but can he do it by stopping the rise of Gilbert Burns in the main event of the UFC Fight Night card on Saturday, May 30?

Tyron Woodley v Gilbert Burns UFC Fight Night Predictions & Tips

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Tyronw Woodley sat atop the welterweight division for almost three years before he was dethroned by Kamaru Usman just over a year ago, but it would not be unfair to say that his lengthy reign was hardly one that could be considered an all-time great. His ascent to the top of the division was a spectacular one – he KO’d Robbie Lawler in just over two minutes to win the belt – but that emphatic success did not become a symbol of his time at the 170lb summit.

Woodley’s first defence of the title ended in a majority draw with Stephen Thompson, and when pair rematched several months later he did get the nod from the judges, although it was via majority decision and not unanimous. Woodley then went the distance with Demian Maia before dominating and submitting an outmatched Darren Till, but in his very next outing he was simply no match for Usman and was dominated for five rounds en route to dropping the belt. Can he hit back here?

While Woodley hardly shone and was not too active during his reign, Burns has developed a burgeoning reputation. After an underwhelming run at lightweight where he lost three times, the 33-year-old Brazilian made the jump to welterweight in August of last year and it was a move that has certainly agreed with him. Having bested Alexey Kunchenko over three rounds in his 170lb debut, Burns stepped up the calibre of opposition in his next fight as he got the better of the highly-respected Gunnar Nelson over 15 minutes.

The best was yet to come though, and in March of this year Burns was able to stop perennial title-contender Demian Maia with strikes in just over two minutes. That victory is easily the biggest win of his career so far, but a victory over Woodley on May 30 would undoubtedly take him to the next level and make Burns a serious contender for the welterweight title in the second half of the year.

So can Burns stake his claim for a UFC welterweight title shot, or will Woodley prove he is still a force in the 170lb division? Read on for our free Tyron Woodley v Gilbert Burns UFC Fight Night predictions and tips…

Tyron Woodley v Gilbert Burns UFC Fight Night Predictions & Tips

Gilbert Burns has made an impression on the 170lb ranks over the past 18 months, but has he done it to the point where we can be confident about his chances of beating Tyron Woodley. Make no bones about it, Woodley produced a stinker of a performance when he surrendered the title to Kamaru Usman a year ago, but I am not about to declare him a washed up fighter and this could be the perfect opportunity for the former champion to get back on track.

Woodley is the more powerful striker of the two men, despite Burns’ quickfire knockout of Demian Maia in March, and he is the better wrestler too. Woodley should be able to dictate where this fight takes place and I expect him to live up to his pre-fight trash talk by becoming the second man to stop Burns with strikes. If you are not as confident as I am, the KO/TKO-Decision Double Chance is a decent but unspectacular price.

Woodley v Burns Tips: Expert UFC Fight Night Predictions

Former welterweight title contender Stephen Thompson talking to MMA Mania: “I think it’s a better fight for Tyron [than the Usman fight], for sure. I think Tyron’s got the better striking, I think he’s got the heavier hands. I think Tyron’s going to go out there and piece him up, because the guy is re-motivated. I saw him during his last camp and I actually chatted with him and we did an Instagram Live together and the guy is motivated. That’s a guy I would not want to stand up against in this next up-and-coming fight.”

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Tyron Woodley talking to Hollywood Beatdown: “This is going to be a clear case of someone asking for something they didn’t really know what they were asking for. I’m going to let the person talk but when we get in there in the Octagon, the performance I put on is going to be crazy. I’m going to be talking s**t to him, I’m going to be pushing him in the face, I’m going to be punching him, I’m going to deny every takedown, every scramble, and I’m going to leave him out there and it’s going to be like, ‘why did the UFC match him up with this dude? That’s a mismatch. That ain’t even fair.’ People are going to feel bad for him.”