Usman dethrones Woodley in dominant decision

UFC 235

This Saturday night the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas hosts a thrilling card of mixed martial arts, with UFC 235.

Woodley, looking to defend his UFC welterweight title for the fifth consecutive time, hit his mark at 170 pounds. It was a fun moment for the Albuquerque, New Mexico crew. The champion has had a bumpy road to regaining his title after being stripped in 2017 for PED usage. He defended the title five times before joining ONE, whose welterweight title he won in August 2014. He is the youngest fighter to ever win a championship at age 23. Smith, meanwhile, had been on a tear since moving up from middleweight. Smith drops to 31-14 and sees his impressive three-fight win streak snapped. He has sparred repeatedly on social media with White, who derided Askren as "the most boring fighter in MMA history" and an "absolute moron" before blocking Askren on Twitter. However, crazier things have happened in this sport.

Covington has gone on a very public campaign for the title shot after he was passed over in favor of Usman, who then went onto win the title in a lopsided performance over Woodley.

Tyron claims that a USADA staff member came to test Woodley while he was in Atlanta for the Superbowl, but that test wound up costing the fighter $10,000 due to some missed appearances. He is up against one of the best grapplers in all of mixed martial arts so he should keep kicks to a minimum and those that he does throw should be aimed at the calf, so as to make it more hard to be caught by Askren.

Woodley is a sniper, a calculating marksman who knows when and how to use his energy. He also looked powerful and crisp in his striking during his workout.

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However MMA fans and commentators questioned the move saying it would've advantageous for the fighter in the long run. The victor of this matchup will be whoever can execute their game plan the fastest.

Askren is a brilliant wrestler but his stand-up is lacking and against someone like Lawler, if he struggles to ground the former UFC champion he could be on the end of some big punches.

For the past couple years, it's seemed like every major UFC pay-per-view has featured a champion from one division changing weight classes to fight the champion from another. Another notable fight sees former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt taking on Pedro Munhoz.

He was scheduled for a title fight against Woodley at UFC 228 in September, but was unable to fight on that date after having surgery to correct a nasal issue, according to sources. Finally, 16-1 featherweight Zabit Magomedsharipov looks to continue his streak of dominance as he meets the always risky Jeremy Stephens.

The preliminary fights start at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.

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