LAS VEGAS – Jilt Burns dominated former UFC welterweight champion Tyrone Woodley in a unanimous decision Saturday night to return to Las Vegas to promote mixed martial arts.
Brazilian heavyweight Augusto Sakai hired some uncertain gameships to win the split-decision against Bulgaria’s Blogoy Ivanov in a penalty bout at UNFC’s first show in the UTFC’s first city since the coronavirus epidemic began.
The event was held without fans at the UFC Apex, a small gym with broadcast facilities on the corporate campus. The UFC used minimal personnel to start the fight and the campaign said everyone involved was subject to strict health and safety protocols.
The 33-year-old Burns (19-3) dominated his feet and the ground, perhaps the biggest win of his career and his first major event fight since July 2011 with his sixth win, four of which went straight from the move. Welter weight back up.
From a first-round knockout to a solid finish, the Florida-based Brazilian UFC thrashed one of the most successful welterweights in history and sued champion Kamaru Usman, who became his training partner.
“I’ve trained so hard for this fight and I knew I could do it,” said Burns, who finished sixth in the crowded ১ 1,170-pound division. “I was calling these boys for a reason. I’m coming to stay. He was the former champion right there. You saw a great performance against the former champions. I’m ready. I feel very good right now. “
The judges all gave Burn five rounds, scoring 50-45, 50-44 and 50-44. Burns summons Usman for his post-war interview.
Burns said, “I love the champ, my training partner,” “Come on, give me a shot.” Lots of respect, lots of love for you, but I think I’m after. … If they want to fight in July, come on. I have no scratches. “
Burns came out with tremendous fuel against Woodley and achieved the full mount by dropping the former champ in the opening seconds. Within the opening minutes, a gap was opened in Woodley’s left eyebrow and Burns again defeated Woodley’s famous strong takedown defense to knock Woodley out in the second round.
Udman (19-5-11) fought back in March after failing to lose his title in a one-sided beating by Uthman. Woodley reigned over the department for nearly three years, and the 38-year-old University of Missouri graduate said he was frustrated when it came to debating whether to stay in the MMA or pursue a musical career.
Burns’ victory came at an entertaining event at Apex, where the dimensions of the octagon are only 25 feet in diameter compared to 30 feet in most competitive cages, usually leading to more aggressive combat, and this card features six finishes in its 11 outs.
Burns was fighting in a fan-free arena for the second time in 2 1/2 months. He stopped veteran Damien Mia in Brasilia on March 14 on the UFC final show before closing the competition.
After an eight-week break, UFC returned to the competition earlier this month with three shows in eight days in Jacksonville, Florida. With the ambition to keep near-weekly cards all summer as part of an extensive broadcasting deal with ESPN, the promotion shifted to its own activities after the Nevada Athletic Commission agreed to allow it to return to combat sports three days ago.
Although this card was fairly light about Star Power, the promotion will stage the UFC 250 from the same gym next Saturday night. Featherweight title against two-time champion Amanda Nunes ’‘ Felicia Spencer of Canada ’is the title of the defense per view card.
UFC President Dana White is promising additional shows this summer from the so-called “Fight Island”, where there are plans to host fights among fighters who are unable to enter the United States due to health restrictions.
After a final fight with Ivanov (18-4), who rose 30-2 up on the third judge’s card, the two judges backed him up 29-28 while Sakai (15-1-1) remained unbeaten in the UFC with his fourth straight win.
Sakai escaped punishment from referee Jason Herzog in the third round, when he arbitrarily grabbed the chain-link wall of the cage and tried to avoid an attempt to remove Ivanov.
Cage holding points are illegal and punishable by release, but Herzog warned Sakai only verbally. The decision was met with hearing distrust by former UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, who works in a quiet arena as a color commentator.
Stroowett’s rival Mackenzie Darn finished the original card with a knee bar to Hannah Siffers, the first leg-lock win by a woman in UFC history. Darn (8-1) won for the first time since giving birth to his daughter last year.