Burns came out fast landing a tremendous uppercut putting Woodley down, cutting him with a barrage of ground and pound. Woodly got back to his feet with under two minutes to go. Burns a multiple-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion has become a terrific stand-up fighter
Woodley started round two with a few piston-like straight right hands. Each man exchanged hard shots. Burns pushed the pace, backing Woodley up against the cage while landing the cleaner shots.
Woodley started round three like many others, by fighting backing up. Burns was the aggressor landing the harder shots and cutting off the cage. Woodley is too comfortable with his back against the cage. Not an effective tactic against the vastly improved striking of Burns.
Woodley’s coach Din Thomas told him before round four that he needed a finish. Woodley did not seem to have a sense of urgency for someone down three rounds to none. Woodley has power, but Burns is the more sophisticated striker. Burns dropped Woodley with an explosive right hand. Burns landed a takedown late in the round and locked up a guillotine with seconds remaining.
Woodley was unable to mount a comeback in round five. When it was all said and done, Burns landed twice as many significant strikes against the former Champ, running away with a lopsided unanimous decision victory.