Tyron Woodley Insists People Will “Feel Bad” For Gilbert Burns During Upcoming Fight
By FCF Staff
Burns has been booked to face the former welterweight champ on May 30th, at a UFC card that’s expected to take place at the promotion’s Apex Facility in Las Vegas.
After a scheduled fight between Woodley and Leon Edwards fell through in March, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Burns began calling for a fight with Woodley. When the match-up wasn’t booked initially, Burns accused Woodley of trying to duck him.
“You can’t miss this. This is going to be a clear case of someone asking for something they didn’t really know what they were asking for,” Woodley said. “I’m gonna let the person talk but when we get in there in the octagon, the performance I put on is going to be crazy. I’m gonna be talking sh*t to him, I’m gonna be pushing him in the face, I’m gonna be punching him, I’m going to deny every takedown, every scramble, and I’m gonna leave him out there and it’s gonna be like, ‘F*ck, why did the UFC match him up with this dude? That’s a mismatch. That ain’t even fair.’ People are gonna feel bad for him.”
In addition, Woodley had this to say, while talking a bout the fact the bout is set for five rounds.
“What I like about this matchup for me is that it’s a five-round fight. I don’t know if he’s ever fought a five-round fight, but it’s different. It’s different than trying to come out and explode. He goes out there and he either explodes in the first two rounds and then starts to fade in the third or he explodes in first round, the second round is kinda crazy, and then he just lets it all hang out in the third round. When you’re down 3-0 and I’m up three rounds and then you come out and get picked apart in the fourth, then you’re left to desperation. You’re left to swing big and kick big and go for takedowns and I think if anybody in the UFC is gonna have an eyeball to see that sh*t from a mile away, get out the way, and sting you with some shots, it’s me.”
Burns (18-3) is coming off a first round, stoppage win over Demian Maia in March, and has won three straight since moving up to welterweight.
Woodley (19-4-1), meanwhile, hasn’t fought since he lost the welterweight title to Kamaru Usman in March, 2019.