Weekend Warrior: Jon Jones Eyes UFC 235 Title Defense Opposite Anthony Smith

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Pacific, leading to the prelims on ESPN at 5 p.m. and the main card at 7 p.m. on Pay-Per-View.

Jones and Smith, fighting for the UFC's light heavyweight belt in the main event, weighed in at 205 and 204.5 pounds, respectively.

"I'm here to fight whoever the fans think is the most deserving, and Anthony has done a great job putting himself in that position", Jones said.

Going into Saturday night's main event, the only defeat on Jones' record was due to a disqualification nearly a decade ago but he came close to forcing a second loss via DQ with an ill-advised knee to Anthony Smith with just seconds left in the penultimate round.

Smith to his credit has power, is aggressive in his stand-up and won't be dwarfed or intimidated by Jones' stature or quality.

Brock Lesnar may have a 4-3 record in UFC, but the mark he left on the sport was far greater than a win-loss tally.

Smith, a tough veteran fighter from Texas, got a title shot when Jones decided to make a quick return to the cage.

He is unequivocally a better technical striker, has fought stronger competition on a consistent basis and his wrestling ability is at the very least on par with Usman.

While he has not been as consistent as in years past, Lawler's reputation as one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC continues to draw fans. He also looked powerful and crisp in his striking during his workout. Woodley spent most of the night locked against the cage with Usman all over him.

Lesnar had to go through the USADA testing pool before being eligible to fight, but even after doing so, we haven't heard much in regards to when he might return to the Octagon.

"I just want an explanation why I'm not fighting for the belt this weekend".

"So, you know, that's exactly what happen, man, we had a man to man, face to face talk, and you know, I like the talk that we had, I think things are going to go in the right direction". "(Smith was) saying like, 'That was nice, ' or, 'Was that all you've got?"'

Three minutes into an entertaining first round against Robbie Lawler, Askren locked in a bulldog choke up against the cage - which caused Lawler to appear to go out, if only briefly.

The rest of the card offers an intriguing matchup between former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and undefeated wrestling powerhouse Ben Askren.

Back when Askren was signed to Bellator and reigned over their welterweight division, he negotiated to be released from his contract when the UFC announced their interest in signing him.

I'm getting familiar what it feels like to be a UFC fighter.

Zhang meanwhile is coming off a dominant performance against Jessica Aguilar that saw her produce a lot of damage.

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