While Jones was impressive for the entire bout, it was the fourth round where things could've gone awry when the controversial star committed a massive brain fade by kneeing Smith to the head while he was down. "Bones" retained the undisputed Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight title with a convincing but somewhat pedestrian unanimous decision over Smith in the UFC 235 headliner on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
After a close opening round, Usman dominated the second with top control on Woodley, who couldn't escape or avoid Usman's elbows. Woodley was a -200 favourite so the line movement suggests there is buzz about an upset.
Jones' fan base does seem to have decreased over the years, but it'd be foolish to rule him out entirely for when he does move up.
In the main event, Marley knows Jones is eager to build on his UFC legacy, despite a career that has been derailed by various legal issues and failed drug tests. Lawler, the only fighter to win three consecutive "Fight of the Year" awards, is usually good value for an entertaining brawl.
Brock Lesnar may have a 4-3 record in UFC, but the mark he left on the sport was far greater than a win-loss tally. He watches every single fight for every single UFC card and does extensive research before each event. Askren is finally making his UFC debut after a decade in mixed martial arts and a lifetime of wrestling. Woodley is unbeaten in his last seven fights and won the UFC's 170-pound title from Robbie Lawler back at UFC 201 in July 2016.
The outspoken Askren (19-0), a former U.S. Olympic wrestler, joined the UFC late a year ago after a decade fighting in other promotions and sparring with UFC President Dana White on social media.
ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren of U.S. talks to the media during the ONE Championship press conference at Marina Bay in Singapore. Robbie Lawler will bring the fight to Askren, the only fighter who will be looking for a takedown in this fight is Ben Askren and the questions really are can he consistently do so while weathering the storm in the process?
Usman, who trains out of the Hard Knocks 365 gym after the Blackzilians were disbanded, came as a wrestling disciple to the sport of MMA, before adding more tools to his arsenal. Zabit is one of the most impressive strikers I've ever seen and wows everyone in each fight more than the last.
The fight was one-sided from the start, with many viewers slamming it as "boring" for the uneven match-up.
The win extended Jones' undefeated streak in UFC world title fights to 13 in a row. I took the time to learn everything.
"I think it left on decent terms, not awful terms". "I will push all the right buttons until I break him". Can you see a scenario where he beats me on the ground? I was a wrestler and thought I was okay, but I had to learn to grapple and discover the intricacies of jiu-jitsu and kickboxing.
How I see this fight playing out, however, is that Woodley is able to adjust early in the fight and pick up the first few rounds.