Burns stops returning Woodley at UFC on ESPN 9

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Tyron Woodley has been away from the Octagon for more than a year. Yet, he was not his elite self in his return.

Gilbert Burns defeated Woodley on Saturday night at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The state opened up earlier in the week to allow this event to happen.

UFC welterweight Gilbert Burns defeated Tyron Woodley at UFC on ESPN 9
Gilbert Burns defeated Tyron Woodley at UFC on ESPN 9 (Photo by UFC News/Twitter)

One judge had the fight with a 50-45 score. However, the other two judges had a 50-44 score.

Burns has now won five straight bouts in the welterweight division. According to UFC News, Kamaru Usman has 11 straight welterweight bouts.

The Brazilian was close to ending Woodley’s night early on in the bout. In fact, it could have been over less than a minute in.

However, Herb Dean allowed the former champion to recover. The fight went the distance; however, Burns did enough to get the unanimous decision win.

Burns has now won six straight UFC bouts overall. Four of the six wins were by unanimous decision.

This is a big win for the 33-year-old. He defeated one of the elite fighters in the organization.

He has now improved to 19-3 in his career. Just five wins in his career have come by decision.

Eight wins were by submission and six more were by knockout.

The 38-year-old Woodley has now dropped his last two bouts. He has now fallen to 19-5-1 in his career.

Four of his five losses have come in decision losses. His other loss was a knockout loss to Nate Marquardt.

Before Saturday, his last bout was in a loss to Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 when he lost his championship belt.

From 2014-2018, Woodley was undefeated, as he went 6-0-1 in seven bouts. The draw was against Stephen Thompson at UFC 205 in Nov. 2016.

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