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UFC on ESPN 9 live results: Tyron Woodley vs. Gilbert Burns

Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC on ESPN 9: Woodley vs. Burns, emanating from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Octagon has found its way back home during the pandemic as the UFC APEX, the home base of the UFC, hosts its first full UFC card in front of no fans with a high-profile welterweight main event.

Former UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley makes his long-awaited return to the Octagon as he takes on streaking Gilbert Burns in the five-round headline bout. Woodley hasn't fought since losing the title to Kamaru Usman in March 2019, and he looks to start his trek back to regaining the championship here. Burns has won five straight fights and has been calling for a main event slot since knocking out Demian Maia in March.

Filling out the main card is a heavyweight bout between Blagoy Ivanov and Augusto Sakai, a lightweight bout seeing Roosevelt Roberts taking on Brok Weaver, and Mackenzie Dern looks to rebound from her first career loss when she takes on Hannah Cifers. The prelims are headlined by a women's flyweight bout as Katlyn Chookagian looks to bounce back from a title fight loss to Valentina Shevchenko as she battles Valentina's older sister, Antonina.

Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.

ESPN PRELIMS | 6 PM ET/3 PM PT

> Chris Gutierrez (14-3-1, 2-1 UFC) vs. Vince Morales (9-4, 1-2 UFC)
Featherweights

The last few shows didn't look much different, being in an empty arena that may have normally been filled with fans. This one does as the venue is much smaller so it looks a lot more like the WWE shows from the PC. 

Gutierrez opens with leg kicks. Gutierrez also lands a left crozz that rocks Morales. Leg kicks really bothering Morales. Gutierrez with a nice punch combo and then another leg kick. Morales wincing when he steps now as the leg kicks are really taking their toll. Punch combo and another leg kick and Morales is limping with 90 seconds left. Morales switches stances and there's a huge welt on his former lead leg. Leg kick drops Morales but he's right back up. Morales bleeding from a cut on the nose at the end of the round. 10-8 Gutierrez

Gutierrez right back to the leg kicks to start round 2. Morales backing up from the damage to the legs. The bruise on his left leg is nasty. Looks like a second knee, but multi-colored. Kick from Guiterrez knocks Morales almost to the floor and he can barely stand. It's close to being stopped. Gutierrez lands a couple more kicks. Morales to the ground and Gutierrez lands some punches but Morales gets up. This is like Aldo vs Faber but way more brutal. Gutierrez down again from a leg kick and Jason Herzog stops it. 

Official result - Chris Gutierrez (15-3-1) by TKO (leg kicks) at 4:27 of the 2nd round

They went to the original plan of interviewing the fighters remotely with Daniel Cormier at cageside and the fighter, Gutierrez in this case, standing on front of a UFC board with a headset. He asked for a fight with Andre Ewell or Miles Johns. He'd obviously put some thought into that as those aren't exactly big names in the division. 

> Louis Smolka (16-6, 7-6 UFC) vs. Casey Kenney (13-2-1, 2-1 UFC)
Bantamweights

Kenney controlling the pace early and seems to be targeting the body. Kenney also landing leg kicks. Smolka also landing body shots. Kenney hurts him with a nice right cross and then secures a mounted one arm guillotine, takes him down and gets a quick tap. 

Official result - Casey Kenney (14-2-1) by submission (guillotine choke) at 3:03

Kenney asked for a fight with Henry Cejudo, which there's zero chance he's getting. But he looked really good after taking the fight on short notice (as did most fighters on this card). 

> Tim Elliott (#11, 15-10-1, 4-8 UFC) vs. Brandon Royval (10-4, 0-0 UFC)
Flyweights

Elliott gets an immediate takedown to start. Elliott landing punches to the head and trying to set up a choke. Royval gets up a minute in but Elliott still controlling his body. Elliott landing knees to the legs and body. Elliott with a trip takedown but Royval with a Kimura attempt. Royval gives it up and gets to his feet. Ellliott with another takedown and trying to take the back. Royval up quickly. Royval up again but Elliott controlling his body. Royval breaks free. Elliott stuffed on a takedown attempt. Elliott briefly drops Royal with a front kick. Elliott with another takedown. Royval right up. Elliott takes him down again with an armlock. Royval fights that off but Elliott maintains control with a 3/4 Nelson. Royval reverses and ends up on top. Royval to his feet. Elliott lands a high kick but falls. Royval on top on the groun and working for an armbar as the round ends. 10-9 Elliott

Elliott stuffed on a takedown attempt to open and Royval ends up in top position. Elliott scrambles into top position after trying an armlock. Royval with a guillotine from the bottom but Elliott gets out of it and stands up. Both gusy trading hard head shots on the feet. Elliott with a takedown and takes the back. Elliott attempts to move into mount but Royval ends up on top. Elliott with a guillotine attempt from his back but Royval springs free. Royval into mount and then takes the back. Royval with an arm triangle from mount and Elliott taps quickly. 

Official result -  Brandon Royval (11-4) by submission (arm triangle) at 3:18 of the 2nd round

Royval said he wasn't impressed with his own performance and that he only won because Elliott gassed out. Cormier told him that he's being too hard on himself after winning his UFC debut against a ranked contender. Royval said he has to go back to work tomorrow and was hoping to make a lot of money tonight and didn't think he did. 

> Jamahal Hill (7-0, 1-0 UFC) vs. Klidson Abreu (15-4, 1-2 UFC)
Light Heavyweights

Hill knocks Abreu down early with punches. Abreu up right away though. Abreu controlling the center but Hill way more active. Hill drops him with a knee to the body and then finishes him with punches and elbows on the ground. He was probably out from the knee. 

Official result - Jamahal Hill (8-0) by TKO (strikes) at 1:51

Hill said this was a really tough training camp but was happy to get an extra week after the date of this card was moved. Cormier told Hill that Dana White got a text from Halle Berry about him but DC seemed more excited about it than Hill did. He called out the most popular fighter on the roster - "whoever they put in front of me". 

> Daniel Rodriguez (11-1, 1-0 UFC) vs. Gabriel Green (9-2, 0-0 UFC)
Welterweights

Rodriguez pushing the pace early. Rodriguez more active as well, throwing a lot of punch combos. Green throwing more kicks but eating punches every time. Green with a punch combo and body kick seems to stun Rodriguez. Rodriguez comes back with a crisp punch combo. Rodriguez with a 14-2 advantage in head strikes landed through 3 minutes. Green with a kick combo. Clear 10-9 Rodriguez but he did seem like he was tiring late in the round. 

Both corners seemed worried they may have lost. Total strikes landed are 44-30 for Rodriguez. Green throwing a lot of kicks again to start the 2nd. Rodriguez throwing leg kicks. Great punch exchange at 1:45 with both guys landing hard shots. Rodriguez in particular throwing haymakers but Green at least partially blocking some of them. Green backs up Rodriguez with punches and then a flying knee before they clinch on the cage. Quick break on their own. Green cut on the left side of his forehead. Green controlling the pace now. Total strieks in round 2 are 46-21 for Rodriguez. Rodriguez backing up in the last minute as Green is picking up the pace. Most of his punches being blocked though. Rodriguez looked tired to end the round agian though. 10-9 Rodriguez, 20-18 overall

Green advancing to start round 3. Green hurts him with a body kick and follows up with punches. Green seems to know he's probably down two and fighting with desparation. Rodriguez answers back with a nice punch combo that rocks Green. Green with some hard body kicks. Another cut on the right side of the face of Green. Total strikes now 117-86 for Rodriguez. Rodriguez with a few cuts on his head now and both guys are firing shots pretty recklessly. Rodriguez rocks Green with a nice combo at 3:00. Green finally starting to tire with just over a minute left. Rodriguez with body/head punch combo. Green still controlling the Octagon. Green with a takedown attempt stuffed. Rodriguez gets a takedown with 30 seconds left. 10-9 Rodriguez, 30-27 overall

Official result - Daniel Rodriguez (12-1) by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)

Rodriguez was exhausted after the fight but he said he wants to fight again as soon as possible. 

> Katlyn Chookagian (#2, 13-3, 6-3 UFC) vs. Antonina Shevchenko (#12, 8-1, 2-1 UFC)
Women's Flyweights

Kailyn landig kicks early. He takes Antonia down and secures a rear naked choke. She lets it go after a long time but then puts it on again. Antonina desparately fighting it off and trying to push against hte fence. Katlyn secures a body lock and synchs the choke even from a different angle. Kailyn lets it go and landing punches before securing it again. She lets it go and lands more punches. Antonina trying to block them but most getting through. Katlyn into mount with 2 minute left. Antonina gives up her back and Kaitlyn throwing even more punches. Antonina gets to her knees and then to her feet as the round ends. 10-8 Chookagian

Michael Bisping said it was a clear 10-8, which the announcer almost never does. Chookagian clinches on the cage to start. Antonina lands a couple light punches but Katlyn takes her down and goes right into mount. Antonina tying up her arms from her back but that's all she can do. Katlyn does manage to land some punches to the head. Katlyn landing more power punches to the head. Katlyn tkaes the back and landing even more hard punches before going back into mount. Katlyn landing less than she did in round 1 but Antonina doing almost nothing from her back except surviving...barely. Hard elbows from Katlyn in the last minute. Total strikes are 141-13 for Chookagian. It's not like this should be stopped or anything but Chookagian completely dominating. 10-8 Chookagian, 20-16 overall

Antonina landing more strikes to start round 3 and Katlyn seems to content to sit back and absorb them. Katlyn landing occasional shots but Antonina landing more and she doesn't look all that tired despite being dominated in the first two. Antonina blocks a takedown attempt but they end up in a cage clinch. They separate on their own. Antonina continuing to land strikes with Katlyn just biding her time. Katlyn with a takedown with 30 seconds left and right into mount. Katlyn landing a flurry of punches to close the round. May have stolen the round. Doesn't really matter. 10-9 Chookagian, 30-25 overall

Official result - Katlyn Chookagian (14-3) by unanimous decision (30-25 x 3)

Katlyn said it was the best she's ever been in the UFC and this matches how she is in the gym. She was proud to get her first takedowns in the UFC. She says she has "fight fever" but also hinted that she may take some time to have a baby so if people want her, they'd better fight her soon. Her words, not mine. 

ESPN MAIN CARD | 9 PM ET/6 PM PT

> Mackenzie Dern (7-1, 2-1 UFC) vs. Hannah Cifers (10-4, 2-2 UFC)
Women's Strawweights

They clinch in the center 30 seconds in and Cifers lands punches from the clinch. Cifers with a hard knee to the head and takes the clinch tothe cage. They separate 1 minute in. Cifers with a nice punch combo. Dern lands some nice punches as well and Cifers is cut on the bridge of her nose. Dern takes her down but Cifers reverses position and ends up on top. Dern with a leg lock into a knee bar and Cifers taps quickly. 

Official result - Mackenzie Dern (8-1) by submission (knee bar) at 2:36

That was the first leg submission of any kind for a woman in UFC history. Dern said she wants another fight again as soon as possible but didn't give a name. 

> Roosevelt Roberts (9-1, 3-1 UFC) vs. Brok Weaver (15-4, 1-0 UFC)
Lightweights* (Weaver missed weight by 1.5 pounds)

Weaver clinches on the cage to start but they break on their own quickly. Back to the cage clinch quickly. Both guys are trash talking and the cameras picking it up, which is cool. They separate again with neither guy doing much damage. Roberts lands a few shots on the feet. Weaver with a brief clinch again. Roberts definitely having the better of the standup. Weaver back to the cage clinch with 2 minutes left. They break on their own again with no damage. Significant strikes are 23-7 for Roberts. Weaver again back to the cage clinch. Roberts breaks free and then tries a takedown but Weaver blocks it. Roberts with a standing choke and then gets Weaver down. Roberts takes the back as the round is ending. 10-9 Roberts

Roberts tries the standing choke right away but Weaver escapes. Weaver back to the cage clinch right away. Weaver lands some body punches and they break free again. Right back to the clinch and more body punches from Weaver. Roberts takes control. Roberts lands some nice shots before they break on their own. Roberts with a takedown. Roberts takes the back. Weaver works him back to half guard. Roberts briefly gets mount. Weaver works him back to half guard. Roberts take the back and secures a rear naked choke for the quick tap. 

Official result - Roosevelt Roberts (10-1) by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:26 of the 2nd round

> Billy Quarantillo (13-2, 1-0 UFC) vs. Spike Carlyle (9-1, 1-0 UFC)
150-pound Catchweights

Carlyle takes Quarantillo down right away. Carlyle takes the back and working for a choke. Carlyle with a body lock. Carlyle landing punches to the head. Carlyle into mount and then working for an armbar. Quarantillo defends that and works his way into position. Carlyle gives up his back and now Quarantillo has the body lock. Carlyle manages to twist out of it and ends up on top again. Quarantillo landing punches from his back. Carlyle landing punches as well. Quarantillo to his feet but Carlyle drags him right down again. Quarantillo landing elbows from his back. Hard punches from the top by Carlyle. 10-9 Carlyle

Carlyle gets a takedown to start the round but Quarantillo maneuvers into top position. He takes the back but then Carlyle reverses and ends up in the guard. Quarantillo trying to get to his feet while attempting a front choke but Carlyle manages to hold him down. Quarantillo landing elbows from his back. Carlyle with hard punches to the head as he holds Qurantillo down. Carlyle takes the back and trying to secure a body lock. Quarantillo escapes and to his feet with 2 minutes left. Quarantillo controlling the clinch. Quarantillo takes him down. Carlyle escapes and to his feet and now he's controlling the clinch. With a minute left they are finally separated but Carlyle gets a takedown. Quarantillo attempted a guillotine on the way down but Carlyle escaped it and lands some punches. Quarantillo throws up a triangle and lands some elbows. Carlyle escapes and Quarantillo tries an armbar but Carlyle escapes that. 10-9 Carlyle, 20-18 overall but second round was close. 

Quarantillo takes Carlyle down to start the third. Carlyle reverses into top position and takesk the back. Quarantillo escapes that and he's in top position. Quarantillo landing elbows to the to the head. Quarantillo with a tight choke but Carlyle escapes and still on top. Quarantillo way more active from his back. Quarantillo almost up but Carlyle keeping him down. Quarantillo up with 2 minutes left but Carlyle controlling the clinch. Quarantillo with a 21-1 advantage in significant strikes landed. Quarantillo gets Carlyle down and takes his back. Quarantillo landing punches to the head and trying to flatten him out. Quarantillo with an attempt at a rear naked choke but Carlyle escapes. Signficant strikes now 26-1. Carlyle escapes and to his feet. Quarantillo landing hard punches on the feet and Carlyle barely staying up. 10-8 Quarantillo, 28-28 draw

Official result - Billy Quarantillo (14-2) by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)

> Blagoy Ivanov (#12, 18-3 1 NC, 2-2 UFC) vs. Augusto Sakai (#13, 14-1-1, 3-0 UFC)
Heavyweights

Ivanov controlling the action for the most part in the first. Neither guy throwing much but Sakai landing a little bit more. Ivanov clinches on the cage and lands a few shots but they separate quickly .Sakai with a few leg kicks landed that leave a mark on the lead leg of Ivanov. Ivanov back to the cage clinch before the round ends. 10-9 Ivanov but close

Ivanov opens with a nice punch combo and 15 seconds in, there's been more action than at any point in the first. Sakai with a nice kick/punch combo and backs Ivanov up to the cage. Sakai controlling a cage clinch. Quick separation. Sakai back to the cage clinch after landing a nice combo. Sakai definitely more aggressive and landing more in this round. They separate but Ivanov is almost stalking him on the standup, landing a lot of leg kicks. Sakai with another combo and trying to clinch but Ivanov takes him down with 30 seconds left. Ivanov lands a couple of elbows from the top. Not nearly enough to steal the round. 10-9 Sakai, 19-19 overall

Sakai pushing the pace to start the third and landing occasional punches from distance. Ivanov with a nice punch combo and Sakai is bleeding from the nose. Sasaki answers back with a punch combo and partially lands with a flying knee. Sakai back to the cage clinch at the midway point of the round. Sakai lands some nice punches to the head. Ivanov tries to take him down but Sakai grabbed the fence to stop it but the ref missed it. Sakai landing body kicks with force. Ref warns Sakai for the fence grab after the fact and it may be because he heard the commentators talking about it. Significant strikes landed are 75-67 overall and Sakai with a 30-20 advantage in the 3rd. 10-9 Sakai, 29-28 overall

Official result - Augusto Sakai (15-1-1) by split decision (27-30; 29-28 x 2)

The foul on the takedown completely changed the fight. If he hadn't grabbed the fence and the takedown happened it's possible Ivanov would've won a close round and got the unanimous decision. If Herzog had docked a point it would've been a draw. As it was, all 3 rounds were close and none of those were bad scores. 

> Tyron Woodley (#1, 19-4-1, 9-3-1 UFC) vs. Gilbert Burns (#6, 19-3, 11-3 UFC)
Welterweights

Burns throwing leg kicks to start. Woodley with punches. They clinch in the center and Burns lands a flurry of punches and Woodley is down. Burns mounts him on the ground and landing hard elbows. Woodley with a bad cut over his left eyebrow bleeding heavily. Woodley tries to escape and Burns with a one amred guillotine. Woodley escapes that but still mounted. Woodley with punches to the body from his back. Woodley escapes and to his feet with 2 minutes left. Significant strikes are 15-0 for Burns with 1 minute left. Burns lands heavy kicks to the lead leg and body. 10-9 Burns...almost a 10-8

Woodley with a nice punch combo to open the round. Burns firing back but Woodley definitely with the harder shots in this round so far. Burns controlling the pace. Burns with a takedown just past the 2 minute mark. Burns with punches to the body. Woodley trying to get to his feet but eats a knee to the body. Both to their feet but Burns controlling the clinch on the cage. Burns with knees to the body. Burns with punches to the body and head as they fight for control. Woodley gets control after Burns blocks a takedown. Close round. 10-9 Burns, 20-18 after 2

Burns pushing the pace to start round 3. Woodley with a nice punch combo just over a minute in. Burns just landing single shots from distance. Burns gets a nice combo that backs Woodley up. Burns landing leg kicks as well. Burns with a nice kick combo with 90 seconds left. Significant strikes are 42-19 for Burns. Another kick combo from Burns to close the round. 10-9 Burns, 30-27

Woodley blocks a takedown attempt and ends up in control of a cage clinch. Burns takes control after landing knees to the body. They separate on their own. Burns with a nice punch combo. Burns landing crisp jabs that are backing Woodley up. Total strikes are 113-59 for Burns. Burns with a flurry of punches and Woodley looked like he was going down but stays on his feet and they clinch on the cage. Burns takes control quickly. Burns takes hiim down relatively easily. Burns tried to take the back but then landed some punches and settle into the guard of Woodley. Burns with a mounted front choke to close the round. 10-9 Burns, 40-36

Burns pushiing the pace to start but Woodley fires out with a punch combo. Burns with a takedown attempt blocked against the cage by Woodley. Woodley takes control but eats some punches to the head. Ref breaks it up at the midway point of the round. Nice punch exchange with both guys landing good shots. Burns with a 71-24 advantage in significant strikes landed. Woodley blocks a takedown attempt and ends up in control of a cage clinch. Quick separation. 10-9 Burns, 50-45 overall

Official result - Gilbert Burns (20-3) by unanimous decision (50-45; 50-44 x 2)

Burns said that he should be the #1 contender after this win and wants a fight with Kamaru Usman and said he could fight in July if they want him to.