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UFC Fight Night 176 Tyron Woodley v Gilbert Burns Betting Tips & Preview - Burns to cause an upset?

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Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns headline UFC Fight Night 176 at Las Vegas on Sunday morning with a huge welterweight clash in store.

Former champion Woodley will face Burns at the UFC APEX facility in Las Vegas, on Sunday May 31 (BST) after the event was moved from VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville.

Woodley starts as a clear favourite on his return to action after a year without a fight, but Burns is a man on a run of five victories and a thriller awaits in the octagon.

Tyron Woodley (MMA Record: 19-4-1)


TopBet Verdict: It’s been a while since Woodley last saw action inside the octagon. That was in March of last year, when he got whooped in a unanimous decision loss to Kamaru Usman in UFC 235. With that loss, Woodley relented his UFC welterweight title to Usman, who remains as the division champion to this day. If Woodley wants to get another crack at Usman or get a title shot, he will have to prove that rust doesn’t matter to him at all when he takes on Burns in his next match. 

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Tyron Woodley (Getty Images)

Nicknamed "The Chosen One", Woodley is a fighter who knows how to win fights while standing up or wrestling. Woodley sports a 19-4-1 record, including seven wins via KO and five by way of submissions. Woodley could find it more advantageous for him to stand up and let his fists and feet fly against Burns, considering that the American has a three-inch reach advantage and 2.5-inch leg reach advantage. Woodley’s takedown defense is very good, to say the least, as only 8 percent of takedown attempts on him in the UFC have been successful. 

Gilbert Burns (MMA Record: 18-3-0)


TopBet Verdict: While Woodley waited for over a year to get his next fight, Burns merely spent a little over two months to get his. Burns is coming off a sensational first-round knockout win over veteran Demian Maia last March at UFC Fight Night: Lee vs Oliveira. With that win, Burns has extended his winning streak to five fights. 

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Gilbert Burns (Getty Images)

Burns, who is a top-10 challenger in the welterweight division has clearly gained serious steam with that streak of victories, and he’ll need that momentum to beat a former champion in Woodley. Another thing going for the 33-year-old Burns is that he is five years younger than Woodley. He can also be a problem for Woodley when the fight goes onto the mat, as Burns has eight submission wins against zero submission losses. 

Woodley v Burns Betting Odds



Winner
Odds
Tyron Woodley1.57
Gilbert Burns2.50

Odds from bet365, 27/05/20

Woodley v Burns FAQs

Where is Tyron Woodley v Gilbert Burns taking place?

It is the headline act of UFC Fight Night 176 and will be held in the UFC APEX facility in Las Vegas. It was originally to be staged at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville.

Who will win the Woodley v Burns fight?

Bookmakers make Woodley a strong favourite, but Burns brings a five-fight winning streak to the table. He looks value odds to cause an upset.

Verdict

Burns can pull off an upset by knocking out Woodley. Burns defeated Maia in Las Vegas inside an empty stadium, and can use that experience to defeat Woodley.

Winner: Gilbert Burns Winner @2.50 at bet365 - 5 Units
Method of Victory: Burns by KO/TKO Method of Victory @3.75 at bet365 - 3 Units

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