A card stacked with exciting match-u.s.awaits at UFC 235 on Saturday as gentle-heavyweight champion Jon Jones defends his belt against Anthony Smith.
Within the co-predominant event, Tyron Woodley places his welterweight crown on the line against Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman.
Within the meantime, Ben Askren makes his UFC debut and Polyana Viana fights for the first time since beating up a one who tried to determine her cellular phone in January.
BBC Sport has a seek for at what to care for watch over in Las Vegas this weekend.
- Hearken to are living UFC 235 commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra from 03:00 GMT on Sunday 4 March
- I in truth safe no shame – Jones on check failure
Fabricate no longer mess with Viana…
Brazilian strawweight Viana returns to the octagon against American Hannah Cifers for the first time since a call defeat by JJ Aldrich at UFC 227 in August.
She hit the headlines this year when a thief approached and threatened to rep her cellular phone whereas she became waiting outdoors her Rio de Janeiro house.
Viana, 26, took issues into her accept as true with fingers, knocking the man down and keeping him immobilised until the police arrived.
“He stated, ‘Give me the cellular phone. Fabricate no longer strive and react, because I am armed’,” Viana told MMA Junkie. “Then he keep his quit [a gun], but I realised it became too tender.
“So I stood up. I threw two punches and a kick. He fell, then I caught him in a rear naked choke. Then I sat him down and stated, ‘Now we’ll care for up for the police.’”
Jones returns rapid to face Smith
American Jones wasn’t intent on hanging round after he returned from a 17-month lay-off to enact Alexander Gustafsson and bid the vacant gentle-heavyweight title in slack December.
Right here’s the 31-year-dilapidated’s quickest fight turnaround since 2011 and can mute be the first time he has defended a belt since 2015 – even when he has never lost a championship bout.
In Smith, Jones faces an opponent who has had to persevere to fabricate his shot on the title.
The 30-year-dilapidated Texan made his UFC debut in 2013 on the help of 26 fights in varied organisations, but became minimize following his loss to Antonio Braga Neto.
A bustle of seven wins seen Smith reclaim his UFC diagram and he has since won seven of his previous 9 contests – it system Saturday’s fight against Jones will possible be his forty fifth skilled bout.
Askren diagram for long-awaited debut
Askren’s UFC debut has been a actually very long time coming.
The 34-year-dilapidated is unbeaten in his skilled mixed martial arts profession, but enters the sport’s high promotion for the first time on Saturday when he takes on ancient UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler.
American Askren, who competed as a wrestler on the 2008 Olympics earlier than turning to MMA, is taken into story one of the arena’s high welterweights, but a feud with UFC president Dana White threatened to stop him becoming a member of the promotion.
Askren is most attention-grabbing guests with Woodley and the pair will fight on the identical card for the first time in greater than a decade.
A first African UFC champion?
Usman became born in Nigeria, but left Benin City for Arlington in Texas on the age of eight when his household immigrated to the usa.
Twenty-three years later, Usman will acquire his shot at a UFC title when he faces Woodley on the T-Cell Enviornment.
Usman is on a 13-fight successful hotfoot and has been victorious in all 9 of his UFC bouts, but faces an opponent in 36-year-dilapidated Woodley who has no longer been beaten in in terms of five years.
Must mute Usman, a ancient winner of the Remaining Fighter TV showcase, triumph in Las Vegas he will change into the first African fighter to retain a UFC title.
‘I in truth safe emotions, I in truth safe emotions’
Many will endure in thoughts Jeremy Stephens due to Conor McGregor, who declared in no unsure terms that he did no longer know who the American became…
Successfully, Stephens takes to the octagon to face Russian Zabit Magomedsharipov having earned the dignity of most of his fellow fighters for speaking openly about struggling with suicidal thoughts.
The featherweight told ESPN that he thought to be taking his life after his first-round knockout by ancient champion Jose Aldo in July.
“I became able to head away my partner, perambulate away my youth and appropriate perambulate away all of it. Pondering suicidal thoughts,” he stated.
Stephens, 32, credit coach Eric del Fierro for advising him to back life lessons in Las Vegas to commerce his mindset.
“Folks glance at us as fighters and, sure, I am presumably one of the hardest dudes you might ever meet, but I’ve furthermore been down within the dumps,” Stephens stated.
“I am a proper human being. I am a particular person, I in truth safe emotions, I in truth safe emotions.”