Gilbert Burns vs. Tyron Woodley - 5/30/20 UFC Fight Night 176 Pick and Prediction
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Tyron Woodley vs. Gilbert Burns
Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 11:45 PM (UFC APEX)
The Line: Gilbert Burns +150 / Tyron Woodley -175
Gilbert Burns and Tyron Woodley face off in a welterweight showdown for the main event of UFC Fight NIght 176.. The fight will take place at the UFC Apex with no fans in attendance. Woodley is the number one ranked fighter in the division, while Burns is ranked sixth.
Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley is one of the best fighters ever in the welterweight division, but he is coming off a loss in his last fight against Kamaru Usman. Woodley was able to get it to a decision, but there wasn’t any doubt that he had lost the fight.
Overall, Woodley has a 19-4-1 record and had won three straight championship fights before the last fight to Usman. Woodley has never lost back to back fights, which makes this fight even more important for him. Woodley is averaging 2.50 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 2.58 significant strikes per minute. Woodley also averages 1.21 successful takedowns every 15 minutes.
Gilbert “Durinho” Burns overall has an 18-3 record and comes into this one hot having won five fights in a row. Burns last loss was in July of 2018 at UFC 226 at the hands of Dan Hooker who knocked him out in the first round. Burns last fight was on March 14th 2020 against Demian Maia.Burns wore down Maia early and midway through the first round he finished the game by knockout.
Burns is a Mr. do it all in the octagon. He is comfortable on his feet or on the ground, and will look for a knockout or a submission attempt. Burns is averaging 3.13 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.02 significant strikes per minute. Burns also averages 2.39 successful takedowns every 15 minutes.
Burns is heading into this fight with all sorts of confidence, but this is quite the step up in competition and he is going to struggle. Woodley has the reach advantage and he has knockout power everytime he throws a punch. Look for Woodley to come out firing early, and he is going to catch Burns. It won’t take long for Burns to be laying out on the canvas with a loss.