UFC 235 [RECAP]: Jones and Usman Dominate in Vegas
UFC 235 looked a stacked card on paper, but that type of card doesn’t always deliver inside the cage. However, overall there can’t be to many complaints from what we got at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, even if it sort of petered out in the two title fights.
A mixture of blood and thunder, controversy, new stars emerging and complete dominance in the title fights.
It’s been refreshing in the build up that we haven’t had the usual Jon Jones sideshow. An old ongoing issue surfaced yet again, but largely we got Jon Jones the MMA fighter.
Jones has the length and the variety of skills at his disposal that his opponents just can’t seem to handle. Anthony Smith was game and hung in there while the end, a victory of sorts. But Jones was in complete control and the result was never end in doubt other than flirting with a DQ due to an illegal knee, full credit to Smith for not milking it.
Eventually Jones will need to move up to heavyweight to seek a new challenge, he is head and shoulders above anyone in his current division.
Tyron Woodley surrendered his UFC welterweight title against Kamaru Usman with little fuss. Usman was switched on, Woodley looked as though mentally he was switched off through the entire fight.
Woodley fought a strange fight with little or no offence and was totally dominated by an opponent who was inspired and just wouldn’t be denied. Usman has a style that isn’t pretty on the eye, but it sure is effective.
Woodley wants to run it back, but is highly unlikely to be granted his wish.
Colby Covington will be next and Ben Askren might not be too far behind. Askren’s UFC debut nearly ended in disaster but proved he is for real. Surviving the early onslaught he got the win over Robbie Lawler, bad stoppage for sure, Lawler was all class, but Askren has finally arrived.
Cody Garbrandt suffered his 3rd straight loss. Deciding to cement his feet to the canvas and swing, he ended up on the wrong end of the exchanges against Pedro Munhoz. Garbrandt cited a headbutt for his reckless abandon, but the once unbeaten UFC champion needs to seriously refine his style.
On the pre-lims the stock of Johnny Walker continues to rise. But the lack of depth in the division might mean a title chance might come before he is ready, but he will be difficult to hold back.
Zabit Magomedsharipov looked really good in patches against Jeremy Stephens. But after the 3rd round where he spent much of it either looking up at the clock or on the receiving end, I was wondering if this was a 5 round fight would the result have been different.
Magomedsharipov is a really good prospect, and will now hit the top 10, but maybe the hype needs to be calmed down a little, at least for now.