UFC fighters react to referee Herb Dean's controversial stoppage

04 March, 2019, 00:25 | Author: Courtney Perry
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In the co-main event, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (19-3-1) takes on Nigerian sensation Kamaru Usman (14-1), who is rated as the No. 2 contender in the division.

The new welterweight champion during his remark gave a moving tribute to Woodley, saying his name has to be mentioned in the history of the tourney as one of the greatest.

It's time for yet another African athlete to carry the continent's fighting pedigree proudly, as Kamaru Usman takes on one of the most elite MMA athletes the world has seen.

The outspoken Ascran (19-0), a former U.S. Olympic wrestler, joined the UFC late a year ago after a decade fighting in other promotions and sparring with UFC President Dana White on social media.

Despite having x UFC fights, today's open workouts was Anthony Smith's first.

"Once we emigrated, I had to assimilate and partake in the sports that were big in the USA, and I found wrestling, and that is when I realised what I wanted to do", said Usman. You want to throw punches, you see opportunities, but you don't take them.


"I just told him "listen, you're going to get this title shot, don't f-k this up, just relax".

How I see this fight playing out, however, is that Woodley is able to adjust early in the fight and pick up the first few rounds. I don't think it's fair, really, because I've always been a light heavyweight.

Jon Jones chats with ESPN MMA reporter Brett Okamoto about his victory against Anthony Smith at UFC 235. I know I'm a hard guy to deal with. That scenario and a stylistic matchup between two fighters who might rely on the standup game rather than test the opponent's takedown defense works in favour of Garbrandt, as nine of his 11 wins have come by knockout or TKO. These two 135-pounders are extremely fast paced fighters with slick boxing techniques. UFC 235 also features the octagon debut of Ben Askren as he gets a tall order in former welterweight champ Robbie Lawler.

The deepest card for the foreseeable future is here as UFC 235 boasts a 12-fight event that is a must watch from start to finish.

"I might not be the best striker in the world and I might not be the best pure wrestler in the world", he said. He's defended the title twice against Stephen Thompson, against Demian Maia and most recently at UFC 228 against the then-unbeaten Darren Till. This is the toughest fight Askren's career to date and one where a lot of questions will be answered.

The Toronto 205-pounder, who now fights out of Las Vegas, was coming off a first-round submission win over Pat Cummings in October.

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