Jones is now a three time light heavyweight title, and his first two title runs ended not because of losses, but because the UFC stripped him of the championship: first because of his involvement in a hit-and-run accident, then due to a failed drug test.
Since losing to Matt Hamill way back in 2009, Jones has maintained an unbeaten record and his conquests involve big names like Cormier and Gustafsson.
A lot of what Usman effectively did in the dos Anjos fight will be very hard to replicate against Tyron Woodley. He's proved himself to be one of the very best fighters in the world at 135lbs, but he's fallen short not once, but twice, against reigning champ TJ Dillashaw. Zhang, technically sound as a both a grappler and striker, may be able to apply a strength advantage on the mat and against the cage.
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.
Magomedsharipov is riding a 12-fight win streak, with 10 of those wins coming inside the distance.
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The rest of the card offers an intriguing matchup between former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and undefeated wrestling powerhouse Ben Askren. He is a naturally charismatic, intelligent personality who the UFC created an interim title for and who UFC President Dana White even brought to the White House with him to meet President Donald Trump. Lawler lost his title to Woodley and Askren is Woodley's training partner. "And I know everyone always has a chance", he said.
Colby Covington really wants a fight.
When asked after the fight why he didn't take the win by disqualification, Smith said: "I could've sat there and taken the DQ win". Also, at the much-anticipated UFC on ESPN 1 two weeks ago, Marley gave followers a strong underdog victor when he accurately predicted Andre Fili (+120) winning by decision over Myles Jury. They want to see us bowing, some honour, some integrity and respect. Given his reputation as one of the best MMA fighters ever, Jones is now a heavy betting favorite.
The one most intriguing factor surrounding this fight, however, is Usman's gas tank.
As for Smith, he was obviously upset about the way the fight played out but he still managed to go 25 minutes in his first shot at UFC gold. Let me know what you think about them!
With all that being said, Lawler has been taken down at least once by almost every wrestler he has fought and Askren is well within the best wrestlers he has fought.
Woodley, 36, believes he's closing in on another title at this point in his career: the best welterweight of all time. The ratings for the first couple broadcasts of their new TV deal with ESPN have been better than anyone honestly expected, so the company is in good shape right now.