UFC Fight Night Preview: Woodley Vs Burns Hype Will Attract CO Sports Betting Fans

Posted on May 29, 2020

Another weekend, another UFC event for Colorado sports betting fans.

Saturday’s fight card is the fourth in May.

Since there still is an absence of major US sports to watch and bet on, fans may start to feel spoiled.

Though it appears a return of the Colorado Avalanche and NHL could happen in the next few months.

For the here and now, next up is UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Burns (Tyron Woodley vs. Gilbert Burns).

Unlike the previous three UFC events that were held in Florida, Saturday’s event is scheduled to take place at the promotion’s Apex facility in Las Vegas.

Similar to the events in Jacksonville, this UFC Fight Night will also take place without fans in attendance.

How to watch UFC Fight Night

What: UFC Fight Night – “”Woodley vs. Burns””

When: Saturday, May 30 at 4 p.m. MT for preliminary events, 7 p.m. for the main card

Where: UFC Apex Facility, Las Vegas

Watch: ESPN and ESPN+

UFC Betting in Colorado

For those looking to bet on Saturday’s UFC fights, six Colorado betting apps currently offer UFC betting:

Main Event

Welterweight: No. 1-ranked Tyron Woodley vs. No. 6 Gilbert Burns

  • DraftKings: Woodley -182, Burns +150
  • FanDuel: Woodley -184, Burns +156

Main Card

Heavyweight: No. 12 Blagoy Ivanov vs. Augusto Sakai

  • DraftKings: Ivanov -112, Sakai -112
  • FanDuel: Ivanov -104, Sakai -112

Catchweight: Billy QuarantilloΒ vs. Spike Carlyle

  • DraftKings: Quarantillo -141, Carlyle +115
  • FanDuel: Quarantillo -138, Carlyle +118

Lightweight: Roosevelt Roberts vs. Brok Weaver

  • DraftKings: Roberts -335, Weaver +255
  • FanDuel: Roberts -330, Weaver +260

Women’s Strawweight: Mackenzie Dern vs. Hannah Cifers

  • DraftKings: Dern -400, Cifers +295
  • FanDuel: Dern -480, Cifers +370

First fight since title loss

When it comes to all-time greats, Woodley is on the shortlist. As ESPN notes, perhaps the only Welterweight name before Woodley’s is Georges St-Pierre.

Woodley is out to prove he’s still one of the best right now.

Saturday’s fight is the first for Woodley since he lost the Welterweight title to current champ Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 in March 2019.

That was Woodley’s first loss in four title defenses after winning the belt in 2016.

Since that fight over 15 months ago, questions have surfaced on Woodley’s commitment. Woodley (19-4-1 overall, 9-3-1 in the UFC) had scheduled the release of his rap album just days after his fight with Usman, which might explain why he lost.

In an interview with ESPN, he said that is not the case for Saturday.

β€œI’m just real quiet right now, because when I’m quiet, I’m violent. Every time I’ve lost, my next fight has been a knockout. I’m not saying I’m going to knock him out, but look at my statistics. … I’ve shown I’m going to be resilient and I’m going to bounce back. And I’m going to make you forget about that last performance.

Burns ready to prove himself

Meanwhile, Burns (18-3-0 overall, 11-3-0 in the UFC) wants to make a name for himself and prove he belongs in the Welterweight division.

Burns enters Saturday’s event on a three-fight winning streak in the Welterweight division, five-fight winning streak overall.

This is the first time he will headline an event, and Woodley is the highest-ranked opponent he has faced in The Octagon.

Add it all up, and you have the makings of a great fight.

As noted earlier, Woodley enters as the slight favorite over Burns. If he’s able to rebound and defeat an up-and-comer, he could get his rematch with Usman.

If Burns can defeat one of the all-time greats, it will force Dana White and the UFC to take notice and potentially give Burns the title shot, especially if it’s a convincing win.

Either way, it will make for great TV and fascinating bets.

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