UFC 235 Results
- Edmen Shahbazyan def. Charles Byrd by 1st round TKO
- Macy Chaisson def. Gina Mazany by 1st round TKO
- Polyana Viana def. Hannah Cifers by Split decision
- Diego Sanchez def. Mickey Gall by 2nd round TKO
- Cody Stamann def. Alejandro Perez by Unanimous decision
- Johnny Walker def. Misha Cirkunov by 1st round KO
- Zabit Magomedsharipov def. Jeremy Stephens by Unanimous decision
- Pedro Munhoz def. Cody Garbrandt by 1st round KO
- Weili Zhang def. Tecia Torres by Unanimous decision
- Ben Askren def. Robbie Lawler by Submssion (Bulldog choke)
- Kamaru Usman def. Tyron Woodley by Unanimous decision
- Jon Jones def. Anthony Smith by Unanimous decision
Jon Jones showed why he is considered the best talent in MMA history as he took care of Anthony Smith easily by Unanimous Decision. Jones was never in trouble, and smith was constantly taking punishment. Jones once again picked his opponent apart and made it look easy. This reminded me of the Ovince Saint Preaux fight when he was just looking to survive against Jones. There was no real threat from Smith as he lost all 5 rounds on the judges scorecards. Jones did land an illegal knee that got 2 points deducted from him, but it didn’t matter in the end. Smith could have taken the DQ win, but he chose not to. There is no ideal fight to book for Jones next, as none of the Light Heavyweights have established themselves as a #1 contender. I think the only fight that makes sense is Jones Cormier 3 at heavyweight. We will see, but he has pretty much cleared out the 205 pound division. Jones has potential to be the greatest ever, it’s just a matter of him staying out of trouble which seems to be behind him.
In the Co-Main event, Kamaru Usman absolutely dominated Tyron Woodley. It was a shocking result as Woodley was the heavy favorite, and one of the greatest Welterweights of all time. Usman used his wrestling background to control Woodley for every round. He had over 15 minutes of control time to Woodley’s 0. Woodley never had any space to throw his power, and it just simply wasn’t his night. I think the fight to make is Colby Covington vs. Kamaru Usman, as these are the 2 best wrestlers the division has to offer. Even thought Woodley has probably earned an immediate rematch, the fight wasn’t close at all and given Woodley’s rocky relationship with UFC President Dana White that clearly won’t be happening.
Ben Askren made his highly anticipated UFC debut against former champion Robbie Lawler in a very entertaining fight. Askren shot in for a takedown immediately, and Lawler denied it and ended up picking Askren up and slamming him on his head which almost ended the fight. Askren recovered and eventually took Lawler down, and on his way getting back up to his feet Lawler got caught in a bulldog choke. It seemed as if Lawler was out, but he actually wasn’t. Referee Herb Dean stopped it and Lawler protested, but it was nearly impossible to tell. Dean is the finest referee MMA has to offer and even though it was a bad stoppage, many people would have made that error. It was a very unfortunate stoppage to an active first round. There are many options for Askren at this point, and a rematch is a possibility too.
Former champion Cody Garbrandt took his 3rd loss in a row against Pedro Munhoz by 1st round KO. A once promising talent in Garbrandt made the same mistake he made against T.J. Dillashaw by trading punches in the pocket. It remains his biggest flaw, and has come back to bite him a 3rd time in a row. He is a very emotional fighter and people seem to get to his head very easily and draw him in. Meanwhile, Munhoz looks to push for a title shot in the Bantamweight division.