UFC 235: Jones vs Smith draws huge $4 million-plus gate

Despite many modern UFC fans craving quick lightweight fights, there is no doubt that some of the best fighters have been heavyweights. Meanwhile, Usman, victor of The Ultimate Fighter season 21, is unbeaten in the UFC Octagon and hasn't lost a professional MMA bout since his second fight. This truly is a great fight at the 170-pound division.

After a canceled UFC 233 and a UFC 234 event that lost its main event at the last minute, the UFC looks to put on a big night of action with a stacked UFC 235 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. An additional four prelim bouts followed on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, with the night's five-fight main card aired live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET.

"Jones is reported to have an 84 ½ in reach, over eight inches longer than the challenger Anthony Smith (76) despite both fighters being reported to be 6'4" though in previous faceoff's leading up to the fight Jones appears to have a slight advantage even in that department as well.

Two-time champion and overwhelming favourite Jones, 31, picked fellow American Smith apart to earn a unanimous decision.

"It took me a little while to get my bearings after the slam", Askren said.

Marley also has strong picks for Smith vs. Jones and Usman vs. Woodley.

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The next opponent for Jones is the veteran fighter Anthony Smith who will be vying for his title in UFC 235.

Even in the lead-up to his last match against Alexander Gustafsson, UFC made a decision to move the card from Las Vegas to Los Angeles after Nevada chose against licensing him.

While Ben Askren was adamant that he would not fight his friend Tyron Woodley for the title, the silver lining for him is that, now that Kamaru Usman owns that title, he has a clear path to UFC gold. I know I'm a hard guy to deal with.

Unlike his previous place of employment, the man meeting him in the center of the cage this time around was the notoriously hard-nosed former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, who cut an image of blazing intensity during the pre-fight pageantry. He'll be fighting former UFC champion Robbie Lawler. "It's nice to see all these fans out here". "I might not be the best wrestler in the world", Kamaru Usman said after being crowned champion. A fight like this, that I expect to be a great back-and-forth fight between two strikers, is flawless for the casual fan to watch and be persuaded to buy a PPV or tune in next time it's on ESPN. I'm not sure if Zabit can do that to Stephens, but he's so good that I have to pick Zabit by TKO.

I like this fight as it should allow for Garbrandt to pick up a much-needed win but it is certainly not a foregone conclusion.

  • Michelle Webb