04 March, 2019
This bout will propel either fighter one step closer to a title shot.
Their beef came to a head at the first UFC 235 pre-fight press conference, when Usman confronted Askren, right in front of UFC President Dana White, and ultimately had to be pulled away (relive that tense moment right here).
Covington made headlines last June, when he blasted the "Filthadelphia Eagles" for not visiting the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl win.
The fight did not match Jones' vintage displays during his previous world title run, and he admitted he did not deliver the performance he hoped for.
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Luckily for Jones, Smith passed up an opportunity to take the fight via disqualification.
Woodley looks to make it five successful title defenses in a row on Saturday night.
Two-time champion and overwhelming favourite Jones, 31, picked fellow American Smith apart to earn a unanimous decision.
When asked after the fight why he didn't take the win by disqualification, Smith said: "I could've sat there and taken the DQ win".
"These guys are a lot bigger than me and they say all the time: When you get a talented little guy versus a talented big guy, the odds are in the big guy's favour."
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Afterwards both fighters answered a couple questions for the crowd gathered on the casino floor, including what it has been like for the two to finally both be training for UFC fights together.
"These fights are boring this weekend". I know I'm a hard guy to deal with.
Although the unbeaten former collegiate wrestling star had dominated competition around the world for almost a decade, his tactical fighting style and his personal beefs with UFC President Dana White had kept him off the sport's biggest stage - and Askren insists he was at peace with it all.
Woodley, looking to defend his UFC welterweight title for the fifth consecutive time, hit his mark at 170 pounds.
The much-anticipated UFC debut of former Bellator and ONE FC welterweight champ Ben Askren ended in controversy when referee Herb Dean stopped the fight in the first round, judging Robbie Lawler to have lost consciousness in a bulldog choke.
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"I might not be the best striker in the world and I might not be the best pure wrestler in the world", he said.
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