01 Jan UFC on ESPN 9 live blog: Tyron Woodley vs. Gilbert Burns
This is the UFC on ESPN 9 live blog for Tyron Woodley vs. Gilbert Burns, the welterweight headliner for Saturday’s fight card at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
Woodley returns to the cage for the first time after losing the welterweight belt to current champ Kamaru Usman in March 2019. Burns makes a quick turnaround after a knockout of Demian Maia at UFC Brasilia in March.
Check out the UFC on ESPN 9 live blog below.
Round 1: Herb Dean is the third man in the cage for this main event. Burns races across the cage to claim the center. After an initial feeling out period, a heavy exchange and Woodley is hurt! Woodley’s butt is on the canvass and Burns jumps on him. Burns is firing right hands looking for the stoppage but Woodley does a good job of surviving. Now Burns has moved into mount and he’s smothering Woodley. Woodley is bleeding heavily from the head. Woodley is trying to power his way up to his feet but can’t do it against the BJJ world champion. Burns is maintaining the mount up against the cage but he’s not landing many big shots. Burns finally does posture up and Woodley immediately stands up. Great escape from the former champion. 90 seconds left in the round and this one is not going as planned for Woodley, as he has a big cut over his left eye. Woodley throws a big head kick that is blocked. Burns has landed a few good low kicks. Body kick and left hook from Burns lands. The round ends without much else. Sensational start for Gilbert Burns.
MMAFighting scores the round 10-8 Burns.