Light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones dominated Anthony Smith in a gruelling five-round combat to defend his title at UFC 235 in Las Vegas.
Two-time champion and overwhelming favorite Jones, 31, picked fellow American Smith aside to earn a unanimous resolution.
Jones dominated all 5 rounds of their foremost occasion bout, comprehensively outstriking and outgrappling the 30-year-old.
Despite receiving a two-point deduction for an unlawful knee within the fourth spherical, Jones received by a large margin, with all three judges scoring the bout 48-44 on the T-Mobile Arena.
Victory prolonged Jones’ undefeated document in world title fights to 13 as he efficiently defended his title for the primary time since recapturing the belt from Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 in December.
“Hats off to Anthony Smith,” Jones mentioned. “Now I see why they name him ‘Lionheart’.
“I’ve by no means had somebody speak to me whereas I used to be hitting him. This man is so sturdy – he is like a Terminator. He did a terrific job.”
The combat didn’t match Jones’ classic shows throughout his earlier world title run, and he admitted he didn’t ship the efficiency he hoped for.
“Man, this MMA factor is admittedly laborious,” he mentioned.
“Some days you are going to look superb and a few days at work you are not going to carry out on the stage you maintain your self to.
Before UFC 235, Jones hinted at a transfer up to heavyweight to face previous foe and present champion Daniel Cormier for a 3rd time.
But after beating Smith, Jones recommended an prolonged keep at light-heavyweight could possibly be an choice – with a brand new crop of contenders, led by Brazilian knockout artist Thiago ‘Marreta’ Santos, starting to emerge.
“Right now I’m going to enjoy this win, go back to the drawing board and figure out ways to get better,” Jones mentioned.
“There’s a lot of young talent in the UFC – so many guys coming up, so many guys that are looking unbelievable – and that’s going to be such a challenge in itself.”
Usman makes historical past
In the night time’s co-main occasion Nigeria-born Kamaru Usman produced the efficiency of his profession to dominate long-reigning welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and change into the primary African-born world champion in UFC historical past.
Usman, 31, prolonged his profitable streak to 14 and preserve his unbeaten document within the UFC.
“I might not be the best striker in the world and I might not be the best pure wrestler in the world,” he mentioned.
“But when it comes to mixing it up, I’m the best welterweight on the planet right now.”
Walker wins in 36 seconds – then injures himself doing ‘the worm’
It proved to be a blended night time for Brazilian light-heavyweight striker Johnny Walker.
The 26-year-old headed into his short-notice combat with Canadian Misha Cirkunov having already scored fast knockout wins in his previous two bouts.
The crowd-pleasing Walker added one other spectacular end to his document as he completed the quantity 14-ranked contender with a spectacular flying knee after solely 36 seconds.
But Walker was quickly red-faced with each embarrassment and ache after dislocating his left shoulder when he tried ‘the worm’ dance transfer to have fun.
Askren weathers early storm to declare debut win
Ben Askren produced an exciting come-from-behind victory on his UFC debut towards former UFC champion Robbie Lawler.
American Askren, 34, was slammed to the canvas and battered with heavy floor strikes as Lawler threatened to rating an early stoppage win, however recovered admirably and locked up a bulldog choke to power the top of the competition.
Former US Olympic wrestler Lawler protested towards the first-round stoppage, enjoying up to the gang and teasing UFC president Dana White by asking: “Is that the best you’ve got?!”
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