UFC 235: Jon Jones saved by act of sportsmanship | Anthony Smith

UFC 235 is in the books from Las Vegas, and the promotion came away with a new champion.

Jones finished uneventfully and remained unbeaten since 2009, winning a decision for the fifth time in his last seven fights.

Smith, a tough veteran fighter from Texas, got a title shot when Jones decided to make a quick return to the cage.

In fact, Askren feels Kamaru Usman - who he calls "Marty" - "fought like a b***h". "It feels wonderful to be the first Nigeran champion", he said. "I might not be the best wrestler in the world", Kamaru Usman said after being crowned champion. "This is normal for me".

That will all change on Saturday night when Askren makes his UFC debut against power-punching former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler. And while "Ruthless" didn't workout, he did spend his time greeting fans, signing autographs and taking pictures.

After all the headaches he's caused - and there was another atypical drug test this week - it's a little surreal that his fight with Smith can be seen as a throwback to the good old days. And, now they can be seen on ESPN!

The undercard for UFC 235 was fantastic, but the main and co-main events were just kind of meh.

Covington was at it earlier in the day as well when he crashed Usman's UFC 235 open workout, deriding his title shot Woodley and proclaiming himself the People's Champ. They're confident Askren will seize this surprising opportunity - and they can't wait to hear what he'll have to say about White and the UFC after it's over.

Usman looked loose, dancing and singing along to the music.

"I need great opponents to make big fights", Jones admitted. "Lionheart" went through his routine with the crowd making noise throughout the workout. 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.

Victory over Cirkunov would propel Walker into the pack of contenders in the UFC's 205-pound light-heavyweight division.

Jones was full of energy smiling with every word that his team said, screaming and clapping each time. I don't think it's fair, really, because I've always been a light heavyweight. "It's going to take everything [to win]. skills, heart".

Usman nicknamed the Nigerian nightmare was very cautious in the opening round in the Octagon at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This means he has gone through his career having absorbed very little damage and for the most part, has been able to impose his will for nearly all of the time he has spent inside the cage.

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