Nigeria's Kamaru Usman becomes UFC's First African Champion

MMA Live Stream Reddit for Jones vs Smith and Woodley vs Usman at UFC 235

MMA Live Stream Reddit for Jones vs Smith and Woodley vs Usman at UFC 235

One of the most talked about up and coming fighters, Zabit Magomedsharipov, is fighting a UFC veteran and long-time top-ranked featherweight Jeremy Stephens.

In the main event, Jon Jones defends the UFC light heavyweight championship against Anthony Smith.

Despite Usman's dominance and a late fourth-round flurry that rocked Woodley badly, the fight was decided on the judges' scorecards 50-44, 50-44 and 50-45 to crown the first African-born UFC champion.

Recently, Covington and the UFC have created a narrative where Covington has been wronged out of his rightful title shot against Tyron Woodley as Covington watches one of the divisions two toughest opponents fight one another and lose, sending someone going to the back of the line and clearing the landscape that much more for an eventual Covington title run.

FILE - In this November 3, 2018, file photo, UFC fighter Ben Askren waits for the start of a middleweight mixed martial arts bout between David Branch and Jared Cannonier at UFC 230, in NY.

You'd expect a fight of this magnitude to sit on the main card of an event like this, but with the prelims set to be aired on the main ESPN channel in the US, the fight represents a huge opportunity for Magomedsharpov to put on a show for a colossal US TV audience and further strengthen his claims for a shot at featherweight gold later in the year.

The 31-year-old New Yorker controlled the fight from start to finish, using a dizzying array of kicks to control the distance and out-wrestling Smith against the fence.

As a former Bellator champion who holds dominant wins over top-tier fighters such as Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov and a former ONE FC champion, he has never once tasted defeat inside the cage.

I'm getting familiar what it feels like to be a UFC fighter. Can you see a scenario where he beats me on the ground? He has also already said he looks to challenge the victor of the upcoming fight between Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal, a bout which would make sense should Woodley remain champion. "I've been wanting this fight, and I'll be honest, I might not be the best striker in the world".

Even in the lead-up to his last match against Alexander Gustafsson, UFC made a decision to move the card from Las Vegas to Los Angeles after Nevada chose against licensing him.

No one would have guessed it while watching him take Tyron Woodley to the woodshed for five rounds, but Kamaru Usman won the UFC welterweight title with a fractured foot.

"Give me any extra pressure, because I know if I still have to go out there and earn it".

Victory extended Jones' undefeated record in world title fights to 13 as he successfully defended his title for the first time since recapturing the belt from Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 in December.

"I think traditional martial artists will like this card", Jones said.

Ben Askren produced a thrilling come-from-behind victory on his UFC debut against former UFC champion Robbie Lawler.

Often times, it is the UFC's lightweight divisions that fans clamor to see.

There are some UFC fighters that crossover and reach casual fight fans - or non-MMA fans. "I was prepared for this fight".

I'll side with the former bantamweight champ to get back in the win column but don't be too surprised if Munhoz gets the upset.

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