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.
Still, Smith did a lot of waiting to react to what Jones was doing as the reigning champion was always looking for the opening where he could attack.
A lot of what Usman effectively did in the dos Anjos fight will be very hard to replicate against Tyron Woodley.
"Funky" Ben Askren's journey to the UFC, via the first ever mixed martial arts trade from ONE FC for Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson, was very hard. It's a quintessential grappler vs. striker matchup, with Askren standing to lose much more face with a defeat than Lawler, who has lost two of his last three bouts.
"I'm the people's world champ, I'm America's world champ".
With the win, Usman becomes the first UFC champion from Africa.
Despite many modern UFC fans craving quick lightweight fights, there is no doubt that some of the best fighters have been heavyweights.
Jones has a clear path to victory on the mat and I expect that once the fight hits the ground, Jones will either snatch a submission or dominate through ground-and-pound. "Chaos" was in friendly relations with UFC president Dana White, as the two went to White House together.
"I have no excuses, " Woodley said. The real Welterweight world champion Colby Covington is here, remember, we went to the White House together.
White hasn't said much publicly about the reasoning behind the UFC's decision to sign Askren after so many years. That may be, but the fact is, boring or not, he's undefeated and wrestling is a part of MMA. And, now they can be seen on ESPN! I wanted to win the title. The fight will be contested at the championship weight of 205 pounds where Jon Jones is considered by most to be favorite going into the contest by a wide margin (14:1) though there is a small but growing contingency who believe an upset is in the making Saturday might.
Jones, who is widely regarded as one of the best fighters to ever grace the Octagon, put on a martial arts clinic to out strike and out grapple Smith for 25 straight minutes in the first defense of his title after reclaiming the belt this past December. Smith retired Rashad Evans at UFC 225 before scoring huge wins over Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Volkan Oezdemir en route to earning the title shot.
"I think it left on decent terms, not awful terms". Let me know what you think about them! What I've learned, whether I'm on an up like right now, or in down moments, just enjoy it all.
With all that being said, Lawler has been taken down at least once by almost every wrestler he has fought and Askren is well within the best wrestlers he has fought.