LAS VEGAS — UFC welterweight Kamaru Usman as soon as famously admitted he went solely “30 p.c” in a 2018 bout. There was nothing 30 p.c about Saturday night time’s battle.
Usman (15-1) claimed the UFC welterweight title in a dominant determination towards Tyron Woodley, outscoring the three-time defending champion on judges’ scorecards 50-44, 50-44 and 50-45.
Woodley (19-Four-1) provided nearly nothing offensively, and he spent nearly all of the battle both on his again or pressed up towards the fence. In keeping with UFC Stats, he landed simply 60 whole strikes to a whopping 336 for Usman.
Jon Jones battered Anthony Smith for 5 rounds and rolled to a unanimous determination win to retain his UFC mild heavyweight crown Saturday night time.
Earlier than UFC 235’s foremost occasion between Jon Jones and Anthony Smith, a large number of undercard fights have main implications. This is the way it all goes down.
“I will be trustworthy, I may not be the most effective striker or finest wrestler on the planet,” Usman stated. “However relating to mixing this s— up, I am the most effective f—ing welterweight on the planet proper now.”
Colby Covington will obtain the primary title shot towards Usman. No date or venue has been set.
Initially from Nigeria and now preventing out of south Florida, Usman owned Saturday night time’s battle from begin to end to change into the primary African-born champion within the UFC. He took Woodley down within the opening spherical and, after Woodley managed to work again to his ft, peppered him with knees and punches within the clinch.
Woodley’s sport plan and physique language instructed defeat early. His nook implored him to show it round between the third and fourth rounds. Longtime coach Din Thomas begged Woodley to chew down on his mouthpiece and attempt to flip the tide, however Woodley remained on autopilot.
The 36-year-old admitted as a lot after the loss, including he hopes the UFC will grant him a right away rematch.
“Kamaru got here out and introduced it,” Woodley stated. “It felt like a nasty dream. You need to throw punches, you see alternatives, however you do not take them. He got here out ready and had an awesome sport plan. Actually heavy on high. Hat’s off to him. I’ve no excuses. I used to be prepared for this battle. Hopefully, we will run it again.”
Usman’s finest spherical of the battle was the fourth. He harm Woodley with uppercuts close to the fence and got here near ending him off. The victory improved Usman’s UFC file to 10-Zero. Woodley suffered his first loss since 2014.