UFC welterweight contender Gilbert Burns requests to replace Leon Edwards this weekend, against the former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
Burns just picked up a win over Demian Maia at last weekend’s UFC Brasilia event. He was able to send Maia down to the canvas in the very 1st-round, after landing a powerful punch and finishing him off with a barrage of hammer fists.
The Brazilian left the fight without taking any significant damage and has now requested to replace Leon Edwards in a fight against Tyron Woodley.
Edwards was scheduled to headline UFC London against Tyron Woodley this weekend. A travel ban was recently put in place between the UK and the US, which has prevented from fighters and staff from travelling to the UK, which has lead to the cancellation of the main event.
He recently expressed his feelings about the cancellation on his Instagram, calling the news “truly heartbreaking” and assured that he is looking forward to the bout being re-booked at a future date.
Since both fighters have been left without an opponent, Burns has offered to step up and take the challenge:
“Come on @danawhite I said yesterday I’m saying again I fight Woodley Saturday! Put me in WOODLEY X BURNS! @seanshelby @AliAbdelaziz00 @ufc @UFCBrasil #AAA”
After Burn’s last win over Demian Maia, he has broken into the top-10 at welterweight.
Meanwhile, Tyron Woodley is current ranked No. 2 in the division, so fighting a lower ranked opponent outside of the top-5 might not be of interest to him. Especially considering the short notice nature of this potential fight.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 16th March, 2020.