UFC 235: Jon Jones vs Anthony Smith sees disqualification calls

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While Jones was an offensive juggernaut, Smith still managed to fire back with a series of counter right hands that found a home on more than a few occasions.

"These fights are boring this weekend".

Smith was praised afterwards for not taking a win by disqualification for the illegal knee to the head from Jones.

Jones eventually tossed Smith to the ground where he really began unleashing hell on Smith, who was then bleeding profusely from a nose that was busted open during an earlier exchange. "I'm going to take it.' I'm here to compete, and that's it". Usman repeatedly took the one-time Missouri wrestling star down and held him, as Woodley could generate no offense.

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The preliminary card will also see a fascinating fight between Jeremy Stephens and Zabit Magomedsharipov while a potential Jon Jones opponent in Johnny Walker makes a quick turnaround to face Misha Cirkunov.

Jones beat Anthony Smith on all three of the judges' scorecards
Jones beat Anthony Smith on all three of the judges scorecards

Jones will be allowed to fight, with authorities believing the substance remains from a positive test for which he has already served a suspension. With Jones' moneyline value gone, method-of-victory props might be the way to go as a submission victory (+195) is available at plus money, perhaps due to Jones loyalists betting behind a knockout or TKO (-140).

"I don't care what Uncle Fester has to say. I'll just have to f*ck your vehicle when you come outside of Palms". And he has constantly spoken of his belief that he is the best welterweight fighter in the world. Respect my body, respect my team, respect the organization and the fans, and just try to do better. I know you haven't forgot me! With new UFC welterweight prospect Ben Askren fighting this Saturday and other contenders fighting later this month like Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal it is unclear who will get the next shot. The 31-year-old Jackson-Wink MMA representative reclaimed the vacant light heavyweight championship on December 29, when he put away Alexander Gustafsson with punches in the third round of their UFC 232 rematch. Faceoffs feature light heavyweight headliners Jon Jones and Anthony Smith, welterweight champ Tyron Woodley and challenger Kamaru Usman, and former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and opponent Ben Askren.

"I don't understand the science behind it, but (Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director) Bob Bennett has been doing this for a long time", Smith said when asked about the positive tests revealed this week.

"When this thing happened, I think it hit everybody by surprise, because who the hell would have thought a trade would have ever happened?" It's going to mean a lot to me beating these up-and-comers, the guys who are a little younger than me. Obviously there's been some sort of indiscretion there. I hope everyone enjoys the fights.

After winning belts in the Bellator and ONE Championship promotions, Askren (18-0) finally makes his UFC debut Saturday night against former champion Robbie Lawler. It just feels good, man. I am the real champion, the people's champion.