Tyron Woodley vs. Gilbert Burns Expected to Headline UFC Event on May 30

By Tristen Critchfield May 19, 2020

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s May 30 event doesn’t yet have a location, but it does appear to have a headliner.

Gilbert Burns posted on social media that he has signed a contract to face Tyron Woodley on that date. The welterweight bout was later confirmed by ESPN. Burns vs. Woodley was initially targeted for a UFC Fight Night event on May 23, but that card was ultimately scrapped.

The promotion is still hoping to hold the event, which could be called UFC Fight Night 172, at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas. However, if Nevada doesn’t allow sporting events by then, UFC president Dana White recently revealed that the Octagon will touch down in Arizona as an alternative destination.

Woodley hasn’t competed since relinquishing the welterweight crown to Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 in March 2019. The American Top Team Evolution product captured the championship with a first-round knockout of Robbie Lawler at UFC 201 and defended the belt four times before falling to Usman.

Burns, meanwhile, enters the matchup on a five-bout winning streak. That stretch includes victories over Demian Maia, Gunnar Nelson and Alexey Kunchenko since moving up to 170 pounds from lightweight.

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