Image source: Tyron Woodley Instagram (@twooodley)
It looks like former UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, will finally return in to action after having fights fall through due to COVID-19.
Woodley will be taking on a welterweight that has been making lots of noise lately in Gilbert Burns. The Brazilian is currently riding a five-fight winning streak with the last three of those bouts taking place at welterweight after a spending the majority of his UFC career at lightweight.
Burns broke the news via his personal Twitter account and then was later confirmed by Ariel Helwani at ESPN who checked with sources. The bout will take place on the UFC Fight Night card on May 30th although a venue is still to be confirmed as the UFC awaits confirmation that they can return to holding events in Las Vegas.
Burns’ most recent victory was a first-round TKO over veteran and fellow Brazilian, Demian Maia. Burns also holds wins over Gunnar Nelson and Alexey Kunchenko in his most recent welterweight run. Burns has been making waves on social media as well seemingly calling out every welterweight on the roster in a bid to keep his momentum going.
Woodley, however, hasn’t competed since losing his welterweight title to Kamaru Usman back at UFC 235. The former champion was 6-0-1 in his seven fights before losing the title and defended his throne three consecutive times against Stephen Thompson, Demian Maia and Darren Till.
The fight with the number one ranked Woodley represents a big step up in competition for the number six ranked Burns although this is exactly what he’s been calling for. A win over Woodley could put Burns’ name in the conversation along with Leon Edwards and Jorge Masvidal for the next title shot at Usman, although it’s likely Masvidal will get the shot off the back of his spectacular year in 2019.