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- Analyst for “MMA Live”
- Covered MMA for Las Vegas Sun
Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is back this weekend — and it has been an interesting journey that has carried him to this point.
Woodley (19-4-1, 9-3 UFC) is set to face Gilbert Burns (18-3, 11-3 UFC) in the main event of UFC Fight Night on Saturday, inside the Apex facility in Las Vegas. It will mark Woodley’s first appearance since he lost the 170-pound championship to Kamaru Usman in March 2019.
The 38-year-old was originally supposed to face Leon Edwards on March 21 in London, but that ultimately turned out to be the first of several UFC events postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. After several different options were discussed, Woodley eventually agreed to face Burns, a former lightweight, on May 30.
It’s an important matchup for the former champ, as well as the surging Burns, who has never headlined a UFC event before. How will it go down? ESPN asked several experts to weigh in.
Ben Askren, retired UFC welterweight, former college teammate of Woodley
I see it as a much more competitive version of Andre Galvao vs. Tyron [a Strikeforce bout that took place in 2010].
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