FOX+ will live stream from Las Vegas, Nevada, a stack UFC 235 fight card that promises to deliver high-octane mixed martial arts action on Sunday. He had retired from ONE FC and never gave an inkling of a return for most of previous year. When everything is settled, I know he's tough.
Jones vs Smith will be one of the premier events by UFC in this year.
Jones' name should help, and his previous two fights against Alexander Gustafsson and Daniel Cormier have drawn massive audiences. It seems like he has a lot of time to make up for. Referee Herb Dean deducted two points from Jones, who apologised to Smith after the bell. Smith has compiled a 7-2 record since entering the UFC with a couple big KO's.
Despite run-ins with the law, issues with substance abuse and a cloud of suspicion regarding performance-enhancing drugs, Jones once again finds himself on top of the mountain at 205 pounds. I've defended twice at welterweight, captured the middleweight belt. The UFC shipped former flyweight champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson to One in exchange for Askren, and both fighters eagerly jumped at the opportunity. 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.
Marley also has strong picks for Smith vs. Jones and Usman vs. Woodley. He took Woodley down in the opening round and, after Woodley managed to work back to his feet, peppered him with knees and punches in the clinch. I'm not sure if he can, but he has the tools to do it. Usman is an accomplished wrestler and has powerful striking abilities. He may even be a "nightmare", if I may. Furthermore, he also said he would not return unless it was to fight to prove he was the best in the world. I don't have any extra pressure; a fight is just another fight. A former Olympian who competed at the 2008 Games in Beijing, Askren rose to prominence as the long-time Bellator welterweight champion. On paper, these fighters appear to be almost carbon copies of one another. He reiterated that assessment in his interview with Joe Rogan. Before you make any UFC 235 picks and MMA predictions, you need to hear what incomparable SportsLine MMA expert Kyle Marley has to say.
This is probably why White is throwing Askren to the wolves in his first UFC fight.
The second was likely a 10-8 for Usman as he spent a long period of time in mount after becoming only the second man in UFC history to take Woodley to the mat. Lawler carries formidable knockout power and is a competent grappler in his own right. "It's going to take everything [to win]. skills, heart".
The answer is no. Bring it, baby, " Askren said after beating Lawler, the former welterweight champ. That's what Robbie wants.
"I want to f-- that guy up so bad". Many people may think Askren is a boring fighter.
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. And, now they can be seen on ESPN!
Despite many modern UFC fans craving quick lightweight fights, there is no doubt that some of the best fighters have been heavyweights.
This is a classic case of a technical striker vs a brawler. With only one loss, and that being a disqualification, Jones is one of the greatest fighters the octagon has ever seen. Dillashaw, Garbrandt is still ranked as the No. 3 bantamweight in the world by Sherdog.
Jeremy Stephens is nothing to sneeze at. "Now I see why they call him "Lionheart".
Saturday's fights will keep fans on the edge of their seats and definitely will be well worth the watch.