Brazilian welterweight Gilbert Burns upset previous world champ Tyron Woodley with a consentaneous points win at UFC Battle Night in Las Vegas.
Burns, 33, relocated to six-straight wins with a 50-45, 50-44, 50-44 decision after five rounds with the American.
In the opening round Burns bloodied his competitor and he went on to take Woodley to the flooring in rounds 2 and four, ensuring he was dominant throughout.
” I was calling these men out for a factor,” stated Burns. “I’m prepared.”
Burns earned one of the $50,000(₤40,500) Performance of the Night bonus offers for his win and included: “I think I made a declaration for the division, I am next for the title. To beat the previous champ the way I did, I just appeared.”
Woodley informed his Instagram fans: “I have no excuses, felt good and experienced difficult. He did a great job of keeping the range. I have an unusual peace for someone who just lost.”
In the night’s co-main occasion, Brazil’s Augusto Sakai stayed unbeaten in the heavyweight department by overcoming Bulgaria’s Blagoy Ivanov via split choice after three rounds.
Saturday’s action was once again played out without fans present in order to protect against the spread of coronavirus.
UFC president Dana White has drawn scrutiny for the speed at which the company resumed action throughout the pandemic.
In other places on the card featherweight Billy Quarantillo saw off Spike Carlyle with a consentaneous points win over three rounds while lightweight Roosevelt Roberts moved to 10 wins and a single loss by scoring a second-round submission win over Brok Weaver.
Mackenzie Dern likewise earned a Performance of the Night benefit after landing a submission by leg lock within one round to beat Hannah Cifers, moving to 8 wins from nine contests at the same time.
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