This Saturday night, the UFC returns home with its first event since Las Vegas closed down the strip in reaction to the worldwide lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. May 30th, the UFC is back home, at the APEX, with a thrilling matchup in the welterweight division between former champion (#1) Tyron Woodley against (#6) Gilbert Burns as the main event.
Woodley (19-4) hasn’t fought in over a year since losing his welterweight crown, dropping a 5-round decision to current champ Kamaru Usman at UFC 235. Scheduled to fight Leon Edwards back in March, that fight was suspended indefinitely due to the COVID-19 quarantine. Can Woodley harness his devastating power not seen since he stopped Robbie Lawler to win the welterweight title at UFC 201 in 2016?
Burns (18-3) is a multiple-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion, on a quest for gold in the UFC. Burns is riding a five-fight win streak into the octagon. It is not inconceivable that an impressive performance over Woodley, would put him at the doorstep of a title shot.
In a featured bout, (#2) Katlyn Chookagian (13-3) squares off against (#12) Antonia Shevchenko (8-1) in a women’s flyweight match-up. Shevchenko, a multiple-time world champion in Muay Thai, and the younger sister of UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion, Valentina Shevchenko looks to make it two straight defeats for Chookagain. Who lost by TKO in the third round of her title shot against Valentina at UFC 247 back in February.
On the main card, a catch-weight bout at 150 pounds between exciting newcomers — Billy Quarantillo (13-2) takes on Spike Carlyle (9-1), both fighters looking to build on their impressive debuts with the promotion.
In a pairing of Dana White’s Contender Series contestants, Brok Weaver (14-4) fights Roosevelt Roberts (10-1). These lightweights are looking to prove who is the top prospect in the division.
Mackenzie Dern (7-1), looking to rebound from her first defeat. Fighting for the second time since giving birth just under a year ago, she will face Hannah Cifers (10-4) in a strawweight scrap.
On the prelims, the always exciting (#11) Tim Elliot (16-10-1) welcomes Brandon Royval (10-4) to the UFC in a flyweight bout. Catch all the action on ESPN this Saturday night as live sports return to Las Vegas.