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Nigeria's Kamaru Usman wins historic UFC title

Nigeria's Kamaru Usman wins historic UFC title

The only risk to Jones came in the closing seconds of the fourth round when he landed an illegal left knee to the head of Smith, who had one hand on the ground. Some days you are going to look awesome, and some days you're not going to perform at the level you want to.

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Now the spectacular striker faces wily grappler and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Cirkunov at UFC 235 this weekend looking to make it three spectacular wins in a row.

Jones dominated all five rounds of their main event bout, comprehensively outstriking and outgrappling the 30-year-old. These two 135-pounders are extremely fast paced fighters with slick boxing techniques. Smith, meanwhile, had been on a tear since moving up from middleweight.

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"I remember it like it was yesterday", said the man who was born in Benin City in Nigeria's south. "I had just got into the sport, I didn't know much". Usman has scored victories over the likes of Leon Edwards, Sean Strickland, Maia and Rafael dos Anjos to earn his title shot.

"Growing up in Nigeria, I always knew I was destined for something great". He's proved himself to be one of the very best fighters in the world at 135lbs, but he's fallen short not once, but twice, against reigning champ TJ Dillashaw.

Usman won 50-44 on two cards and 50-45 on the third.

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"He's been talking like this since college, and I've just been trying to calm him down, because I recognize it's an art behind it", Woodley said. "Robbie is obviously one of my favorite fighters so it kind of sucked that I had to fight him first. I would love to run it back again and put on a better performance".

Woodley comes into UFC 235 having won six of his last seven fights, with a draw against Stephen Thompson the only blemish on his record since 2014. "I was mostly surprised at how quickly he got me up and down". Lawler was furious when Dean stopped the bout, insisting he was fine in the choke.

After waiting 10 years and 19 pro fights to make his long-awaited UFC debut, Ben Askren sure made up for lost time.

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White then confirmed Covington will get the first shot at Usman and the welterweight title later this year.

Jones faced some controversy immediately after the win for an illegal knee strike that took place in the fourth round, which nearly resulted in him losing his title.

Jon Jones chats with ESPN MMA reporter Brett Okamoto about his victory against Anthony Smith at UFC 235.

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