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UFC 235: Jon Jones and Anthony Smith battle for the UFC light-heavyweight title in Las Vegas

UFC 235: Jon Jones and Anthony Smith battle for the UFC light-heavyweight title in Las Vegas
Two world titles are on the line in Las Vegas as UFC light-heavyweight king Jon 'Bones' Jones and welterweight champ Tyron 'The Chosen One' Woodley look to defend their belts at UFC 235. Follow RT Sport's live updates here.
  • 03 March 2019

    06:11 GMT


    The bout wasn't the most exciting of the night, but Jon 'Bones' Jones dominated the main event of UFC 235 as he claimed a clear unanimous decision win over Anthony Smith, with scores of 48-44 on all three scorecards.

    The only blemish on Jones' performance was a fourth-round knee that was adjudged to have been landed on a downed opponent that prompted referee Herb Dean to deduct two points from Jones.

    But such was the defending champion's dominance, the two-point penalty was no factor in the final result as Jones successfully defended the title for the first time since he reclaimed it in his last victory.

  • 05:12 GMT


    "The Nigerian Nightmare" Kamaru Usman produced a quite brilliant performance to totally dominate Tyron Woodley and capture the UFC welterweight title.

    Usman dominated Woodley across each and every round to earn scores of 50-44, 50-44, 50-45 from the octagonside judges and win the belt.

    Usman used his wrestling to sap the champion's gas tank in the first round, then dominated in the second to earn a 10-8 on many experts' scorecards.

    Usman never let up the pace throughout the last three rounds to completely dominate the defending champion and earn the landslide unanimous decision victory.

  • 04:28 GMT


    ONE Championship CEO and Chairman Chatri Sityodtong was Ben Askren's boss during the American's time in Asia, and he tweeted a tribute to his former welterweight champion after watching him defeat former UFC champ Robbie Lawler at UFC 235.

    "Congrats to my bro, @Benaskren! No one in the UFC welterweight division will be able to stop Ben. Stylistically, Robbie Lawler was the toughest opponent possible (a world class wrestler with monster KO power) for Ben in the UFC."

  • 04:20 GMT


    Former Bellator and ONE Championship welterweight champion Ben Askren survived an early-fight battering at the hands of Robbie Lawler before winning via submission amid controversial circumstances.

    Lawler viciously slammed Askren early on and hammered him with heavy punches, but the former collegiate wrestling champion somehow survived and came storming back to lock up a bulldog choke on the former UFC champion.

    And after Lawler's right arm appeared to go limp and dropped to the mat, referee Herb Dean checked to see if Lawler was still conscious before waving off the contest.

    Lawler jumped up and appealed instantly, but replays seemed to show that Lawler's arm went limp.

    Askren, in true wrestling "heel" style, grabbed the mic and addressed UFC president Dana White, saying: "Hey Dana. Is that the best you've got?"

  • 04:06 GMT


    Chinese strawweight contender Zhang Weili produced the best performance of her UFC career to date to outwork longtime contender Tecia Torres and capture a unanimous decision victory.

    Zhang earned scores of 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 to put herself right in the mix at the top of the UFC's women's strawweight division.

    And after conducting her post-fight interview through a translator, she grabbed the microphone and spoke a few words of English, saying: "My name is Weili. Remember me!"

  • 03:47 GMT

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  • 03:24 GMT


    Pedro Munhoz is known as a top-level grappler in the UFC's bantamweight division, but he went toe-to-toe with knockout artist and former champ Cody Garbrandt and beat the striker at his own game.

    Munhoz threatened early with a heel hook attempt, and that early grappling exchange seemed to cause Garbrandt to be more cautious in his attack.

    But after Munhoz again threatened with a submission attack on the mat, the fight returned to the feet and Garbrandt went on the attack, throwing big shots at the Brazilian.

    But rather than back down and look to take the fight to the mat again, Munhoz planted his feet and fired back, eventually landing clean on the former world champion's chin and sending him to the canvas.

    That was a huge win for Munhoz, who has been a ranked contender for a long time, but that incredible win will propel him right towards the sharp end of the division for his next fight.

  • 02:56 GMT


    Russian featherweight star Zabit Magomedsharipov moved one big step closer to a shot at the UFC featherweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Jeremy Stephens.

    Magomedsharipov fought much of the contest off the back foot, with Stephens looking to walk down the Russian star. 

    But Magomedsharipov held the upper hand throughout most of the bout to earn scores of 29-28 on all three scorecards to claim the biggest win of his UFC career to date.

  • 02:12 GMT


    Spectacular Brazilian knockout artist Johnny Walker left the Las Vegas crowd open-mouthed in amazement with his latest quickfire knockout victory.

    Walker stepped in at just a couple of weeks' notice and knocked out longtime contender Misha Cirkunov with his first strike of the fight. That strike - a spectacular flying knee - finished Cirkunov in just 36 seconds. But that wasn't all...

    After his stunning win, Walker saluted the crowd, then fell forward and attempted to do The Worm in celebration, only to pop his left shoulder out of its socket in the process.

    A laughing Walker confirmed to Joe Rogan in his post-fight interview that he had indeed dislocated his shoulder during his celebration, before announcing that he loves Mickey Mouse and calling for people to follow him on Instagram because he needs to get some sponsors.

    With performances like that, you'd imagine he'll be just fine.

  • 02:02 GMT


    Ben Askren will make his long-awaited UFC debut tonight when he takes on former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler on the main card.

    Askren is a multiple former world champion himself, having captured and defended the welterweight title in both Bellator MMA and ONE Championship earlier in his career.

    And ahead of his UFC debut tonight, his former employers at ONE Championship posted a message of support to their respected former world champion to wish him all the best for his octagon debut.

    Classy stuff.