Check out UFC Fight Night: Woodley V Burns tips and previews for all five main card fights, including the vital headline bout between welterweight rivals Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns.
- Woodley 19-4-1 (7 by KO/TKO)
- Burns 18-3 (6 by KO/TKO)
- Woodley def by Kamaru Usman – Decision
- Burns def Demian Maia – Rd 1 TKO
Analysis: Former UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley makes his return to the octagon 14 months after losing the title to Kamaru Usman by unanimous decision. The 38-year-old remains the top contender in the division, while his opponent, Gilbert Burns is the sixth-ranked welterweight. The Brazilian is on a five-fight winning streak, earning Performance of the Night honours for his first-round TKO of Demian Maia in March. It’s a huge bout for both fighters. Woodley needs a win to push for a rematch with Usman, while Burns has a gilt-edged opportunity to jump the queue. Despite a long layoff, injury issues and advanced age, Woodley’s all-around ability will account for the dangerous but limited Burns.
- Ivanov 18-3-1 (6 by KO/TKO)
- Sakai 14-1-1 (11 by KO/TKO)
- Ivanov def by Derrick Lewis – Decision
- Sakai def Marin Tybura – Rd 1 KO
Analysis: Ivanov and Sakai are both looking to inch their way into the UFC Heavyweight division’s top 10. Bulgarian Ivanov lost a split decision to Derrick Lewis at UFC 244 in November, his second defeat in four fights. But unanimous decision wins over Ben Rothwell and Tai Tuivasa in 2019 showcased his quality. Sakai has just one MMA loss against his name, back in 2017. Since joining the UFC Sakai has racked up three wins – most recently a knockout of Marcin Tybura inside a minute in September. Sakai specialises in knocking his opponents out (11 in 14 wins), but Ivanov has never lost by KO. The narrow outside, Ivanov’s smarts should see him through against the Brazilian bomber.
- Holland 17-5 (8 by KO/TKO)
- Rodriguez 11-1 (6 by KO/TKO)
- Holland def Anthony Hernandez – Rd 1 TKO
- Rodriguez def Tim Means – Rd 2 Submission
Analysis: Kung fu and jiu-jitsu specialist Holland fought just two weeks ago – but he barely broke a sweat chalking up a TKO win over Anthony Hernandez inside 40 seconds. It was the 27-year-old’s first knockout result since joining the UFC in 2018. Rodriguez is on a seven-fight winning streak and won on UFC debut in February, a submission result against Tim Means. An intriguing bout and Rodriguez has potential, but Holland has amassed some valuable experience against strong opponents in the past couple of years.
- Roberts 9-1 (3 by KO/TKO)
- Weaver 15-4 (2 by KO/TKO)
- Roberts def Alexander Yakovlev – Decision
- Weaver def Rodrigo Vargas – Rd 1 Disqualification
Analysis: Rising lightweight Roberts has had three fights in the UFC, bookending a loss to Vinc Pichel with wins over Thomas Gifford and Alexander Yakovlev. All three were by unanimous decision. Weaver, meanwhile, has won his last eight fights. The 28-year-old won his UFC debut bout against Rodrigo Vargas by first-round disqualification in February. Both came through Dana White’s Contender Series and both are aggressive – this should be a cracker. Expect this one to go the distance, but Roberts holds the edge. He was magnificent in outpointing Yakovlev last time out in November.
- Dern 7-1 (0 by KO/TKO)
- Cifers 10-4 (5 by KO/TKO)
- Dern def by Amanda Ribas – Decision
- Cifers def by Angela Hill – Rd 2 TKO
Analysis: This women’s strawweight duel sees two fighters looking to bounce back from last up losses. After seven straight wins (two in the UFC), Dern suffered the first loss of her MMA career to Amanda Ribas (decision) in October. Fellow 27-year-old Cifers has a 2-2 record since joining the UFC in late-2018. She was stopped by Angela Hill via Round 2 TKO in January. Dern has not won or lost by knockout in her career but is a submission specialist. Cifers is powerful but is giving up size to Dern and must avoid going to the ground.