DOMINANT CHAMPIONS FACE SURGING CONTENDERS AT UFC 235 IN LAS VEGAS
Las Vegas – UFC hits Las Vegas for the first time in 2019 with two highly anticipated world championship fights. Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones wastes no time getting back in the Octagon as he takes on dangerous finisher and No. 3-ranked contender Anthony Smith. Also, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley goes for his fifth consecutive title defense against No. 2-ranked contender Kamaru Usman. UFC 235 takes place Saturday, March 2 at T-Mobile Arena and will air live on Pay-Per-View.
Preliminary fights will air nationally in English and Spanish on ESPN and ESPN Deportes starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Jones reclaimed the light heavyweight championship in December with a spectacular TKO win over long-time rival Alexander Gustafsson. He now looks to further extend his record for most light heavyweight championship title defenses with another show-stealing performance. Throughout his career, Jones has defeated the who’s who of MMA, including Daniel Cormier, Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida, Rampage Jackson and Shogun Rua.
A former middleweight mainstay, Smith looks to shock the world by dethroning the most dominant 205-pound champion in UFC history. A hard-hitting KO artist, Smith burst onto the light heavyweight scene less than a year ago. During this time, he has delivered highlight-reel finishes against Rashad Evans, Shogun Rua and Volkan Oezdemir. With momentum on his side, Smith has his sights on taking out Jones and capturing UFC gold.
A decorated grappler with KO power, Woodley looks to continue his winning ways by stopping one of the welterweight division’s biggest threats. During his UFC run, he has beaten Darren Till, Demian Maia, Stephen Thompson, Robbie Lawler and Kelvin Gastelum. In March, Woodley aims to further build his legacy as one of the greatest 170-pound champions in UFC history.
Currently riding a 13-fight win streak that extends more than five years, Usman is poised to shake up the 170-pound division. A dominating grappler, he has earned impressive victories against Rafael Dos Anjos, Demian Maia, Sergio Moraes and Sean Strickland. Usman is now gunning to dethrone Woodley and take his spot at the top of the division.
Additional bouts on the card include:
• Former welterweight champion and No. 6-ranked contender Robbie Lawler looks to spoil the highly anticipated debut of unbeaten Ben Askren
• Former bantamweight champ and No. 1-ranked contender Cody Garbrandt looks to get back in the win column against surging No. 9 Pedro Munhoz
• In a featherweight bout guaranteed to deliver fireworks, No. 6-ranked contender Jeremy Stephens battles No. 14 Zabit Magomedsharipov
• No. 7-ranked strawweight contender Tecia Torres aims to snap the winning streak of the rising Weili Zhang
• Light heavyweight contenders collide when No. 11-ranked Ovince Saint Preux faces No. 14 Misha Cirkunov
• No. 13-ranked bantamweight contender Thomas Almeida looks to re-assert himself as a title threat against Marlon Vera
• The Ultimate Fighter season one winner Diego Sanchez makes his 29th UFC appearance against hot prospect Mickey Gall
• Gina Mazany battles The Ultimate Fighter season 28 winner Macy Chiasson in a bantamweight bout
For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.
UFC 235 will air live from T-Mobile Arena on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Saturday, March 2, with the prelims kicking off the evening on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.