Brazilian welterweight Gilbert Burns upset American Tyron Woodley in a five-round, unanimous choice in the primary occasion of UFC Struggle Evening on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Burns (19-3), who’s from Rio de Janeiro and trains in South Florida, has now gained six straight bouts and was spectacular in defeating Woodley, who entered because the No. 1 contender on the planet within the welterweight division. One decide scored the struggle 50-45, whereas the opposite two had it at 50-44.
Woodley, 38, loved a three-inch attain benefit, however Burns, 33, stalked him all through, scoring two large knockdowns.
Actually, Burns knocked Woodley down within the opening minute, utilizing a proper uppercut, a proper knee and a then flurry of punches. These blows opened a serious gash over Woodley’s left eye and practically ended the struggle early.
Woodley (19-5-1) recovered sufficient to flee the spherical, however he received punched down once more the fourth spherical. He by no means critically threatened to win the bout.
It was Woodley’s first bout since he misplaced his championship belt to Kamaru Usman practically 15 months in the past, and the rust was evident.
Burns had a 76-29 edge in vital strikes. He additionally had ground-control time for practically 5 minutes (4:57) to simply two seconds for Woodley.
Within the co-main occasion, heavyweight Augusto Sakai of Brazil earned a break up choice over Bulgarian Blagoy Ivanov.
One decide had Ivanov profitable by a 30-27 rating. However Sakai gained the opposite two playing cards, 29-28, to boost his file to 15-1-1. Ivanov fell to 18-Four in a battle a pair of 250-plus-pound fighters.
Sakai has gained six consecutive fights, together with two break up selections. Ivanov, in the meantime, has misplaced consecutive break up selections.
In a catchweight bout, Billy Quarantillo (14-2) defeated Spike Carlyle (9-2) by a slim unanimous choice, 29-28 on all three playing cards.
In what was seemingly the most effective struggle of the night time, Carlyle got here out with a dash and appeared to win the primary two rounds. However Quarantillo practically knocked out a weary Carlyle on the finish, and that earned him the win.
Additional down the primary card, light-weight Roosevelt Roberts (10-1) received Brok Weaver (15-5) in a rear-naked choke and earned a submission win 3:26 into the second spherical.
In a ladies’s strawweight bout, Mackenzie Dern (8-1) submitted Hannah Cifers (10-5) with a knee bar at 2:36 of the primary spherical.