A key welterweight battle featuring former division kingpin Tyron Woodley taking on surging contender Gilbert Burns headlines tonight’s UFC on ESPN 9 event.
Woodley (19-4-1 MMA) will be returning to action for the first time since surrendering his welterweight title to Kamaru Usman at UFC 235. Prior to the setback, ‘The Chosen One’ was riding a seven-fight unbeaten streak, which included three successful title defenses.
Meanwhile, Gilbert Burns (18-3 MMA) will enter tonight’s contest with Tyron Woodley on a five-fight win streak, which includes three straight wins in the promotions welterweight division. In his most recent effort this past March in Brazil, ‘Durinho’ picked up a first round TKO victory over submission specialist Demian Maia.
In the co-main event of the evening UFC heavyweights Augusto Sakai and Blagoy Ivanov will collided in hopes of moving one step closer to title contention.
Sakai (14-1-1 MMA) has gone a perfect 3-0 since joining the UFC ranks in September of 2018.
As for Ivanov (18-3 MMA), ‘Bagata’ has gone 2-2 since joining the promotion in July of 2018. The former PFL and WSOF heavyweight champion suffered a split-decision loss to Derrick Lewis in his most recent Octagon appearance.
Get all of tonight’s UFC on ESPN 9: ‘Woodley vs. Burns’ Live Results and Highlights below:
UFC on ESPN 9 Main Card (9 pm EST, ESPN+)
Tyron Woodley vs. Gilbert Burns – Burns def. Woodley by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-44 x2)
Augusto Sakai vs. Blagoy Ivanov – Sakai def. Ivanov by split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
Billy Quarantillo vs. Spike Carlyle – Quarantillo def. Carlyle by unanimous decision (29-28 x3) **FOTY Candidate**
Brok Weaver vs. Roosevelt Roberts – Roberts def. Weaver via submission (RNC) at 3:26 of Round 2
Roberts squashes the beef w/ a RD 2 RNC! 💪
— UFC (@ufc) May 31, 2020
Mackenzie Dern vs. Hannah Cifers – Dern def. Cifers via submission (kneebar) at 2:36 of Round 1
UFC on ESPN 9 Prelims (6 pm EST, ESPN+)
Katlyn Chookagian vs. Antonina Shevchenko – Chookagian def. Shevchenko by unanimous decision (30-25 x3)
— UFC (@ufc) May 31, 2020
Daniel Rodriguez vs. Gabriel Green – Rodriguez def. Green by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Klidson Abreu vs. Jamahal Hill – Hill def. Abreu via TKO at 1:50 of Round 1
Tim Elliott vs. Brandon Royval – Royval def. Elliott via submission (arm triangle) at 3:18 of Round 2
Casey Kenney vs. Louis Smolka – Kenney def. Smolka via submission (guillotine) at 3:02 of Round 1
— UFC (@ufc) May 30, 2020
Chris Gutierrez vs. Vince Morales – Gutierrez def. Morales by TKO at 4:27 of Round 2
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