UFC 235: Jon Jones beats Anthony Smith to retain light-heavyweight title

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Jon Jones will look to add to his legendary resume on Saturday, as he defends the UFC light heavyweight title against Anthony Smith on Saturday night in the main event of UFC 235 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. His five-round classic with Rory MacDonald stands as one of the best fights of all-time, and that is just one war to go along with his battles against Carlos Condit, Johny Hendricks, and Matt Brown. Referee Herb Dean deducted two points from Jones, who apologized to Smith after the bell.

"This MMA thing is really hard, " Jones said.

Smith did not have the greatest start to 2018, losing by second-round TKO against Thiago Santos, but he turned it around in his next three fights.

Usman controlled the majority of the fight from the clinch and eventually on the ground after taking down the typically stubborn Woodley, who entered the fight with the highest takedown defense percentage at over 97 percent. UFC 235 will also usher the much-awaited UFC debut of former Bellator Welterweight Champion and ONE Welterweight Champion Ben Askren in what many expects to be a ferocious clash with veteran octagon warrior and former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler. Headlining a stacked card is a light heavyweight title fight as Jon Jones defends his crown against rising contender Anthony Smith. "I can't be caught - it will never happen again".

Following that victory, Israel made his desires known that it's time the UFC heads to Africa soon. He was born in Nigeria and moved to the USA when he was 8.

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"I've been saying for months that I'm going to get my talk and I'm going to get my face to face with Dana White and we're gonna talk business", he said.

"I might not be the best striker in the world and I might not be the best pure wrestler in the world", he said.

Kamaru Usman has a title shot Saturday, in large part, because of what he was able to do to Rafael Dos Anjos in November.

Usman won 50-44 on two cards and 50-45 on the third. A fight like this, that I expect to be a great back-and-forth fight between two strikers, is flawless for the casual fan to watch and be persuaded to buy a PPV or tune in next time it's on ESPN.

Well, it's highly unlikely Usman scores 12 takedowns against Woodley. The odds on this fight tend to lean heavily towards the champion, with most people counting out Smith to pose a threat. "I have been wanting this fight".

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Since then, he's admitted that he'll move up to heavyweight on his terms and when the UFC opens up their checkbook to offer him serious money.

Lawler has an excellent anti-wrestling game, making him a particularly interesting test against Askren who is always the best grappler when he steps into the cage, no matter who he is facing.

One of Marley's UFC 235 predictions we'll give away: former bantamweight champion Cody "No Love" Garbrandt (-160) defeats Pedro Munhoz via unanimous decision.

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