Before we begin, two notes to pass along relating to the effect that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the sports calendar:
Friday, the NCAA voted to allow student-athletes to return for voluntary workouts in all sporting events starting next Monday, June 1.
This comes on the heels of the association previously announcing that athletes in football and men’s and women’s basketball could return for workouts on the same date.
Secondly, the NBA is targeting a July resumption to the suspended 2019-2020 season with games being contested in Orlando at the Disney Wide World of Sports complex, near Walt Disney World, with the league and Disney holding discussions concerning an on-court return.
The NBA season has been on hiatus since the evening of March 11 after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the novel coronavirus, becoming the first team sports organization to suspend competition.
Onward to today’s topic:
Just days after UFC President Dana White texted The Las Vegas Review Journal that the promotion was “a go on the 30th” for UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Burns at the UFC Apex, he revealed the 11-fight slate for the show.
The reveal of the card came in a Friday YouTube video with UFC play-by-play man Jon Anik.
At this time, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has yet to officially lift its ongoing ban on combat sports but a Wednesday meeting will be held virtually.
It’s believed that the ban is going to be lifted during this virtual meeting.
Here is the full card for next Saturday night:
Note: UFC on ESPN 9 will be a live simulcast on ESPN and ESPN+, the cabler’s subscription-based streaming platform:
Main Card: May 30, 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT
Main Event: No. 1 contender Tyron Woodley (19-4-1) vs. No. 6 contender Gilbert Burns (18-3) [Welterweight]
Co-Main Event: No. 12 contender Blagoy Ivanov (18-3, one no-contest) vs. No. 13 contender Augusto Sakai (14-1-1) [Heavyweight]
Kevin Holland (18-5) vs. Daniel Rodriguez (1-0) [Welterweight]
Roosevelt Roberts (8-1) vs. Brok Weaver (14-4) [Lightweight]
MacKenzie Dern (7-1) vs. Hannah Cifers (10-4) [Strawweight]
Prelims: May 30, 6 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. PT
Featured Prelim: No. 2 contender Kaitlyn Chookagian (13-3) vs. No. 12 contender Antonina Shevchenko (8-1) [Women’s Flyweight]
Billy Quarantillo (1-0) vs. Spike Carlyle (1-0) [catchweight- 150 lbs.]
Jamahal Hill (1-0) vs. Klidson Abreu (15-4) [Light Heavyweight]
Tim Elliott (16-10-1) vs. Brandon Royval (10-4, UFC debut) [Flyweight]
Louis Smolka (15-6) vs. Casey Kenney (9-2) [Bantamweight]
Chris Gutierrez (13-3-1) vs. Vince Morales (9-3) [Featherweight]
Be sure to look for our preview of this card later in the week.