With the UFC returning to its home base of Las Vegas this weekend, that a card was happening in the “fight capital” seemed more important than what the card actually consisted of. The promotion had not been on home turf since March 7, at UFC 248. Almost three months. Not a long time in the grand scheme of things, but an eternity in the fight game.
UFC 248, of course, went down at a packed T-Mobile Arena, Weili Zhang and Israel Adesanya among those topping the bill. UFC Vegas on Saturday night, clocking in as UFC on ESPN 9, had no fans. There was no cavernous arena; instead, the UFC Apex, home to Dana White’s Contender Series, played host to Tyron Woodley vs. Gilbert Burns, and the rest of the card.
Speaking of Woodley, he was making his long-awaited return after losing the welterweight title to Kamaru Usman over a year ago, at UFC 235. Facing him was dangerous Brazilian Gilbert Burns, a fighter who posed a threat both with his hands, and on the ground.
Tune in post-fight (roughly 12:15AM ET, time subject to change) to stream the UFC Vegas post-fight press conference. The live stream is available above. For full coverage of the night’s events, check out our UFC on ESPN 9 page.