UFC 235 is set to take place this Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
In the main event, Jon Jones defends his light heavyweight title against the fast-rising contender Anthony “Lionheart” Smith. Jones (23-1-1) last fought at UFC 232 this past December in the main event when he tko’ed his biggest rival Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson in the third round.
Jones is considered by many to be the greatest fighter of all time. Jones was the youngest UFC champion in history when he tko’ed Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128 at the age of 23. Jones has beaten a number of UFC legends and contenders, and he will be looking to add Smith to that impressive resume this Saturday.
Smith (31-13), currently ranked No. 3, moved up to the light heavyweight division last June and ko’ed former champion and legend Rashad Evans in under a minute. Smith then took a short notice fight against another former champion and legend, Rua, and won on a first-round knockout.
Smith took a step up in competition and fought No. 2 Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir in October and submitted Oezdemir in the third round, showing the world he’s ready for a title shot.
In the co-main event, welterweight champion Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley will be looking to defend his belt for the fourth time against top contender Kamaru “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman.
Woodley (19-3-1) first won the title at UFC 201 by knocking out then champion “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler in the first round. He’s coming off a second-round submission win over Darren Till at UFC 228, breaking Till’s undefeated record. Woodley will look to continue making his case for the greatest welterweight fighter ever with an impressive win over Usman.
Usman (14-1) is riding an impressive 13-fight win streak heading into this Saturday’s title fight. Usman made his UFC debut in July 2015 and won by submission in the second round. Usman’s most impressive victory came back in September 2017 when he knocked out Sergio Moraes in the first round.
He most recently defeated longtime UFC veteran and former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos in the main event of the Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale, winning by unanimous decision while dominating dos Anjos for five rounds.
UFC 235 is already an early contender for card of the year, and with good reason. The card is stacked, from the early UFC Fight Pass prelims, all the way to the main event. Tune into UFC 235 this Saturday live on PPV for all the amazing fights!