UFC 235 Fight Week

by Dwayne Torres March 4, 2019, 0:24
UFC 235 Fight Week

For all his flaws and maddening missteps, Jon Jones inexorably remains the preeminent talent in mixed martial arts.

The 31-year-old achieved this success in Las Vegas when he defeated defending champion Tyron Woodley for five rounds to become the new champion.

Stylistically, Lawler poses exactly the kind of problems that fans have wondered for years if Askren could deal with.

That will all change on Saturday night when Askren makes his UFC debut against power-punching former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler.

UFC Welterweight Colby Covington isn't on the UFC 235 card, but that hasn't stopped in from causing a scene in Las Vegas ahead of Saturday's PPV event.

With all that being said, Lawler has been taken down at least once by almost every wrestler he has fought and Askren is well within the best wrestlers he has fought.

Judging by tweets like these, I'd say he wasn't too far off the mark.

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"He did recognise me for doing that so he was happy about that", he added. Furthermore, he also said he would not return unless it was to fight to prove he was the best in the world. Lesnar was an NCAA D-I champion and he joined UFC after just one MMA fight.

Jones is now a three time light heavyweight title, and his first two title runs ended not because of losses, but because the UFC stripped him of the championship: first because of his involvement in a hit-and-run accident, then due to a failed drug test.

Q. How's your preparation heading into your fight with Anthony Smith - Do you have a specific plan? His performances since joining the UFC from ACB (now ACA) back in 2017 have been outstanding, finishing Mike Santiago, Sheymon Moraes and Brandon Davis via submission and winning a back-and-forth scrap with Kyle Bochniak for one of only three decision wins in his entire career.

But there is question about just how long he is prepared to stick around, especially considering he will not be fighting for the title unless his good friend Tyron Woodley is unseated as champion.

Light Heavyweight king Jon Jones will make the first defense of the belt he re-captured in UFC 232, against risky challenger Anthony Smith in the main event.

"I feel like right now I'm at my absolute best", Jones said at the pre-fight press conference. "Tonight, for sure, was a real learning lesson". Much as he promised before the fight, Askren pushed forward from the opening bell. It's without a doubt one of the most stacked cards of the year. With over a year out injured, he faces a hard matchup against former Bellator and ONE fighter Ben Askren. "I was walking around in a boot all week, but nothing was going to deter me from achieving what I set out to achieve". Let me know what you think about them!

But the court of public opinion has always reserved its verdict on Askren because he has never fought in the toughest proving ground in the sport - the UFC octagon.

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