|UFC on ESPN 9: Woodley vs Burns MMA Betting Odds and Fight Info|
|When||Sunday, May 31 from 11am AEST|
|Where||UFC APEX – Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Watch live||ESPN, UFC Fight Pass, UFC.com|
UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs Burns betting preview
The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Las Vegas this Sunday with five intriguing battles on the main card for the latest edition of UFC on ESPN.
Nothing beats the main event for this UFC Fight Night, as the battle between Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns will shape the entire welterweight division.
Earlier in the day, we will also see Blagoy Ivanov take on Augusto Sakai in an unmissable heavyweight bout.
Let’s take a look at all the matchups and best bets for the main card, with top odds from Australia’s best UFC betting sites.
Tyron Woodley vs Gilbert Burns
This main event between Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns is extremely important for the welterweight division, as the winner will have the chance to challenge Kamaru Usman to a title bout.
This is Woodley’s first bout back in the UFC since he lost his belt to Usman last year, while Burns comes into this clash off five consecutive wins in the octagon.
Entering this fight at the age of 38 is a telling decision from Woodley, as it suggests he is having one last shot at the title before he retires from the UFC for good.
The desperation of Woodley and the heart of a former champion is what will get him the victory against the rising Brazilian, meaning you can take him to win straight out in this battle.
Tyron Woodley to win
Blagoy Ivanov vs Augusto Sakai
When the 12th and 15th best heavyweight fighters in the UFC go head-to-head, it catches more eyes than you would expect.
Blagoy Ivanov and Augusto Sakai are two of the meanest competitors in the division, with very positive records that have carried them to the high end of the rankings.
Sakai is yet to take a big scalp, but that would change with a win this Sunday.
Coming off a loss and a cancelled bout, Ivanov appears to be slightly out of form, but his victories over Ben Rothwell and Tai Tuivasa proved he can match it with the best.
We are siding with Sakai, as 11 of his 14 wins have come via knockout.
Augusto Sakai to win
Billy Quarantillo vs Spike Carlyle
Two fighters in excellent form will meet in the octagon for this featherweight battle, but only one can walk away with their winning streak intact.
Billy Quarantillo may be something of a late bloomer, but the 31-year-old American has won six straight and looks comfortable enough on the big stage.
Spike Carlyle is an interesting featherweight prospect as he wins fights via knockout more often than not, which is not a common trait in the lighter divisions.
We like Carlyle because he has unexpected power for his size, not to mention he has only lost one fight thus far in his short career.
Spike Carlyle to win
Roosevelt Roberts vs Brok Weaver
These two fighters are just starting to build good careers in the UFC’s lightweight division, but a loss in this bout would make things difficult for both competitors.
Roosevelt Roberts has a strong 9-1 record that has seen him win with all three methods: four by submission, three by knockout and two by decision.
Winning 64 percent of his fights via decision, Brok Weaver likes to go the distance and slowly bruise his opponents.
We think Roberts and his punching pressure will leave Weaver hesitating to close the distance, which is how Brok has lost his fights in the past.
Roosevelt Roberts to win by points decision
Mackenzie Dern vs Hannah Cifers
The battle for the women’s strawweight belt is going to be a long and gruelling contest between two very tough fighters.
Mackenzie Dern is a jiu-jitsu specialist that has won most of her bouts via submission. She has never been able to finish with a strike.
Hannah ‘Shockwave’ Cifers, on the other hand, is known for her ability to finish fights with a big hit, which is how she has beaten five of her opponents.
This fight will turn in Dern’s favour the second she gets a hold on Cifers and begins to utilise her strengths, which is why we are taking her to win via submission.
Mackenzie Dern to win by submission
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