Dana White: May 30 UFC Card Featuring Woodley vs. Burns Will Be in Las Vegas

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2020

Dana White speaks at a news conference for the UFC 244 mixed martial arts event, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in New York. Jorge Masvidal is scheduled to fight Nate Diaz Saturday, November 2 at Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
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UFC President Dana White confirmed Wednesday the promotion is moving forward with UFC Fight Night 176 in Las Vegas on May 30 with a main event featuring Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns.

White told Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal the card will take place at the UFC's Apex facility. Fans won't be allowed in attendance.

"We are a go on the 30th," White said.

Despite White's comments, the Nevada Athletic Commission has yet to end its suspension of combat sports amid the coronavirus pandemic and hadn't provided special permission for the UFC to hold next week's event as of Tuesday night, per Hill.

The UFC held three events at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, from May 9 through May 16. They represented the first cards since UFC Fight Night 170 in Brazil on March 14.

"If we can't get May 30 at the Apex, it's going to be super disappointing, but we will go somewhere else," White told reporters Saturday, adding he'd move the card to Arizona if necessary.

He's also hoping the UFC 250 card at the same facility June 6 is cleared by the NAC, per Hill.

Woodley captured the welterweight title with a victory over Robbie Lawler in July 2016. He held the belt until suffering a unanimous-decision loss to Kamaru Usman in March 2019.

The 38-year-old Missouri native will be making his first appearance in the Octagon since that defeat.

Burns is riding a five-fight winning streak. His most recent triumph was a first-round knockout of Demian Maia at the March 14 event in Brazil.