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UFC 235 results: Biggest winners, loser for ‘Jones vs Smith’ In Las Vegas

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back at it again last night (Sat., March 2, 2019), as UFC 235 went down inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The pay-per-view (PPV) event saw Jon Jones cruise his way to a unanimous decision win over Anthony Smith, retaining his UFC Light Heavyweight title (highlights). In the co-main event, Kamaru Usman took it to Tyron Woodley, upsetting “The Chosen One” to win the Welterweight belt (see it again here).

Biggest Winner: Kamaru Usman

“Nigerian Nightmare” promised he’d put a good old fashion butt-whooping on “The Chosen One,” and he did just that, dominating the fight from the opening bell, out-wrestling Woodley for five rounds and having his way with him on the feet. By keeping the pressure on consistently, Woodley couldn’t pop off any offense. Indeed, Usman made it look easy. What’s even more impressive is that he was in a walking boot one week before the fight with a small fracture. With the win, Usman becomes the first UFC fighter from Africa to hold a company strap, extending his win streak to 14 in the process. On top of that, he sets up a title defense against his bitter rival Colby Covington, which should be an entertaining ride even before the fight. In the meantime, Usman can enjoy the spoils that come with being a UFC champion; which includes higher pay, bigger sponsors and a brighter spotlight. Indeed, it seems so long ago that this happened.

Runner Up: Pedro Munhoz

Don’t look now, but Bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw now has another legit threat gunning for his title, as Munhoz picked up the biggest win of his combat career by knocking out Cody Garbrandt in a wild, one-round brawl.

Prior to the showdown, Munhoz was soaking it all in, embracing and enjoying the shine that came with facing a former champion on a big card, which just so happened to be his first time being invited to the special pre-fight events. And even though he seemed like a choir boy during toward Garbrandt prior to the fight, he was anything but once the hands started swinging, going toe-to-toe with one of the hardest hitters at 135 pounds, eating some blows himself before delivering the finishing touch. It was a great win for Munhoz, and one more like that could put him on the fast track to a shot at the division title.

Biggest Loser: Cody Garbrandt

After suffering back-to-back knockout losses to Dillashaw, Garbrandt looked to bounce back against Munhoz. Unfortunately for “No Love,” he was once again lured into a rock em,’ sock em’ robot-style exchange toward the end of the opening round, ultimately costing him the fight after Munhoz clipped him with a hard right hand, setting him up for the knockout finish.

It pretty much mirrored his second loss to “Viper.”

While many are quick to criticize Garbrandt for once again going balls to the wall and throwing caution to the wind, that is what took him to the big dance to begin with. After all, some habits are just too hard to break. Where Garbrandt goes from here after three straight defeats is anyone’s guess, but it seems like going back to the drawing board and starting from scratch is first on the agenda. He’s still a talented man, but perhaps tweaking his style a little bit — even if it did work for him before — should be up for consideration.

For much more on UFC 235, including highlights, recaps, breaking news and much more, head over to our “Jones vs. Smith” live story stream by clicking here.

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