UFC 235’s running order has been finalised and by the looks of things, it is shaping up to be one of 2019’s finest showcases.
Two title-fights, a long-awaited debut, a number of fantastic prospects along with a host of insanely tantalising matchups to make up a night of fights as good as any we’ll see this year.
There’s no show like ‘Bones’ show and whether you love him or detest him, UFC 235’s fight-week will certainly be interesting if Jon Jones’ magnetic attraction towards controversy causes the event any bumps along the road.
In Anthony Smith, he has an opponent that virtually everybody is expecting him to run through – something that in itself could see the world of MMA left in shock by the time the night’s action is over – as unlikely as it would seem at this point.
Of course, Tyron Woodley’s fifth defense of his UFC welterweight title will see him take on Kamaru Usman – a man whose physicality could well act as the perfect foil for the seemingly unbeatable champion.
Elsewhere, the long-awaited debut of Ben Askren will see one of the greatest ‘what if’s?’ in MMA history finally answered as he steps in to take on one of the most fearsome fighters in the history of the sport ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler.
Prospects like Johnny Walker, Mickey Gall, Weili Zhang, and Charles Byrd all featured on the undercard but perhaps the most promising fighter on the roster today, Zabit Magomedsharipov, takes a huge step up in competition to face top-ranked contender Jeremy Stephens on the featured prelim bout.
Have a look at UFC 235 in all of its beauty below:
Jon Jones (c) vs. Anthony Smith
Tyron Woodley (c) vs. Kamaru Usman
Robbie Lawler vs. Ben Askren
Tecia Torres vs. Weili Zhang
Cody Garbrandt vs. Pedro Munhoz
Jeremy Stephens vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov
Misha Cirkunov vs. Johnny Walker
Cody Stamann vs. Alejandro Perez
Mickey Gall vs. Diego Sanchez
Edmen Shabazyan vs. Charles Byrd
Macy Chiasson vs. Gina Mazany
Marlon Vera vs. Frankie Saenz
Poliana Viana vs. Hannah Cifers
Saturday night cannot come quick enough!
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena