In the co-main event of UFC 235, current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (19-3-1 MMA; 9-2-1 UFC) will aim to defend his title against the rising contender Kamaru Usman (14-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC). UFC 235 will air live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas this Saturday night, March 2nd. The main card starts on PPV with a fight time of 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT, with the prelims beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN and 6:15 p.m. ET on Fight Pass.
How do these two stack up?
Woodley: 36 years old | 5’9” | 74” reach
Usman: 31 years old | 6’0” | 76” reach
What have these two done recently?
Woodley: W - Darren Till (SUB) | W - Demian Maia (UD) | W - Stephen Thompson (SD)
Usman: W - Rafael dos Anjos (UD) | W - Demian Maia (UD) | W - Emil Meek (UD)
How did these two get here?
Woodley’s most recent title defense against Darren Till in September of last year was a reminder that “The Chosen One” should have never been an underdog heading into that fight. It’s been almost five years since his last loss, but it now seems fans are starting to recognise Woodley’s greatness in the UFC’s welterweight division, disspatching veterans like Robbie Lawler and young prospects like TIll with relative ease. The bout with Usman will be simply another step for Woodley in evidencing he is the greatest welterweight to ever live.
Undefeated so far in his UFC career, the opponents have continued to get tougher and tougher for Usman, but he just keeps walking through whoever is in front of him. Currently on a nine-fight winning streak in the UFC, his one-sided win over former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos in November 2018 was the most impressive of them all. “The Nigerian Nightmare” is facing a big step-up in competition this Saturday night in Woodley, but he will welcome the challenge.
Why should you care?
Usman’s gritty style could pose huge problems for Woodley if the champion can’t deal with it, which is a characteristic we haven’t seen in any of Woodley’s previous opponents.