Tyron Woodley vs. Gilbert Burns to Headline UFC Card on May 30

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 19, 2020

VANCOUVER, BC - SEPTEMBER 13:  UFC welterweight Tyron Woodley stands on stage during a Q&A session prior to the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at Rogers Arena on September 13, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Gilbert Burns announced Tuesday he's signed on to fight Tyron Woodley at the UFC's next event May 30.


Bout agreement is signed! May 30th! Let’s go @ufc . Contrato assinado dia 30 de maio! Vamos com tudo @UFCBrasil https://t.co/IGgQDVULN4

The UFC staged its last three shows at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. However, the location for the May 30 card remains up in the air.

UFC President Dana White told reporters the company could shift operations to Arizona if Las Vegas—the original destination—is off the table.

The company at least has a main event now.

Woodley initially had people talking with a cryptic tweet that hinted at a May 23 fight:

Brett Okamoto @bokamotoESPN

Hey, hey. Looks like we might officially have a main event later this month. Woodley vs. Burns in a five-rounder is a very intriguing fight. https://t.co/x8hMndwZn7

Damon Martin @DamonMartin

Assuming Tyron Woodley vs. Gilbert Burns is a done deal for May 23, that is one hell of a fight. Yes, Tyron vs. Colby is a matchup we all still need to see but considering what Burns has done lately, you can't complain about this matchmaking. https://t.co/xDltYIRPW5

That was before the UFC pushed the show back a week because of lingering questions over whether Nevada would allow for the return of combat sports amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Woodley and Burns sit at Nos. 1 and 6, respectively, in the UFC's welterweight rankings. Woodley last fought at UFC 235 in March 2019, losing to Kamaru Usman via unanimous decision and dropping the welterweight championship. Burns earned a first-round TKO victory over Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night 170 on March 14, his fifth straight win.

Burns would catapult himself up the welterweight division with a victory over Woodley, as it's the kind of result that would cement him as a genuine contender. Woodley, meanwhile, might be able to earn himself another title shot if he can dispatch Durinho.