A welterweight clash between former champion Tyron Woodley and dangerous submission specialist Gilbert Burns will top the UFC’s May 30 card, according to Dana White.
Brazil’s Burns announced on social media this week that a fight with Woodley was close to being announced after he had signed his bout agreement, with the matchup later being confirmed by UFC broadcast partner ESPN.
The event does not yet have a confirmed location, though White is hoping that the card can take place behind closed doors at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas pending confirmation from the Nevada Athletic Commission. White has said to the media that if he does not get the go-ahead from Nevada, he will take the event to Arizona where the state’s governor, Doug Ducey, has given the go-ahead to the resumption of live sports.
— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) May 19, 2020
Burns will come into the fight on the back of a five fight winning streak in the UFC’s 179-pound fold, claiming impressive scalps of Demian Maia and Gunnar Nelson in his last two outings. Woodley, meanwhile, had been slated to fight Leon Edwards in London in March before the event was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The former champion has not fought since losing his 170-pound championship to Kamaru Usman in March of last year.
Of course, confirmation of a UFC main event just 10 days out from a scheduled event is something of a rarity for the organisation, but displays the level of uncertainty that still exists in sport amid the ongoing coronavirus health crisis. Further details on the card are expected in the coming days.