Jon Jones was equal-parts clinical and methodical as he beat down the dangerous contender Anthony Smith in the UFC 235 main-event.
He certainly didn’t leave anyone’s jaws on the floor after his clean performance in the night’s top-billed fight but over the 25 minutes he was in there with Lionheart, he barely put a foot wrong.
There were few who actually gave Smith much of a chance in there with one of the greatest to ever do it and as Jones-opponents go, he put in a pretty decent shift.
With that being said, though, Jon was completely and utterly dominant from start to finish – winning each round comfortably, despite being docked two points for an illegal knee in the fourth-round.
Smith, to his credit, did not take the possible DQ win that may have been afforded to him – telling the ref he was fit to continue to fight.
He didn’t exactly have any success in there with the champ, though. There was a serious gulf in quality to be found in each and every exchange from the first bell to the last.
Overall, Jon was clinical without being devastating but all in all, Jon managed to get the job done with little or no issue – taking virtually no damage from his opponent.
Jon Jones reigns supreme at light heavyweight 🏆
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) March 3, 2019
All things considered, it was a quiet fight-week by Jon’s standards.
Many who lived through the sheer lunacy of some of his more recent controversies were surely thankful for it and to be honest, it was a performance that mirrored the togetherness of this chapter in his saga.
Upon running out a comfortable winner over the outmatched Smith, Jones paid tribute to Lionheart while expressing his uncertainty over the identity of his next opponent.
However, at the post-fight press conference, Jones revealed that he would not be opposed to hijacking his great rival Daniel Cormier’s money-fight with WWE superstar Brock Lesnar.
Fresh off his win at #UFC235, Jon Jones says he's still eyeing that big money fight against Brock Lesnar 💰👀
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) March 3, 2019
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena