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Talking points from UFC on ESPN 9

02 Jun 2020, 00:12 GMT+10

By JohnnyRocket


At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, Tyron Woodley is done and should retire ASAP. His performance in his "comeback" against Gilbert Burns was nothing short of pathetic.

After getting stunned in the first round and somehow managing to escape a nasty situation on the ground, we were all expecting some sort of fight back in the second round ... or maybe the third round ... how about the fourth round?


Nothing even in the fifth round despite his corner pleading with him to go for broke.

Fans were left pondering the same question - what kind of champion goes out like that?

When you are so far behind on the scorecards and you continue to backpedal without any major injuries (cut above his eye wasn't bleeding much) and seemingly no cardio issues, you have to question his fighting mentality.

He was outfought by an average 11 significant strikes to 3 per round! The judges' scorecards were so one-sided it was painful to even hear them.

Woodley claimed to be at peace with himself after the defeat. Maybe he should consider being at peace with himself permanently as fans were left robbed of any entertainment level.

His performance was disrespectful to not only the fans but to fellow professionals. Just 3 weeks ago Tony Ferguson took an absolute battering at the hands of Justin Gaethje but kept coming forward to the end like a true warrior.

Another thing for Woodley to consider ... if he wants to keep his legacy intact - talk prior to the fight was of him being one of the greatest welterweights of all time - he should retire at the age of 38 before any further damage to his reputation is done.


Jamahal "Sweet Dreams" Hill likely slept very well on Saturday night. His clinical first-round dismantling of respected Klidson Abreu certainly would have caught the attention of UFC boss Dana White. Hell it even caught the attention of Hollywood actress Halle Berry who tweeted "Fire" in a show of approval.

The smiling assassin improved his MMA record to 8-0 and looks a real prospect in the light heavyweight division with his big reach advantage, poise and confidence.

Keep this guy on your radar!


Mackenzie Dern became the first female in UFC history to finish a fight with a leg-related submission when she defeated Hannah Cifers with a kneebar in the first round. Dern lost her previous fight after an extended layoff due to the birth of her baby but showed she is back with a bang and a contender in the strawweight division.

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