UFC 235 is in the books. On Saturday night we saw a dominant performance — and another blatant foul — from Jon Jones over Anthony Smith, a welterweight title change with Kamaru Usman beating Tyron Woodley, and a controversial end to Ben Askren’s UFC debut against Robbie Lawler.
Here’s a quick twitter thread with a brief recap and analysis of the event, that’s fitting for people’s social media era attention spans:
SANCHEZ TKOs GALL— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) March 3, 2019
PROS: Sanchez didn’t die. He showed veteran savvy and shutdown the less experienced Gall’s ground game.
CONS: Sanchez will probably continue fighting, and likely against a better opponent too.
WALKER FLYING KNEES CIRKUNOV— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) March 3, 2019
PROS: 15 seconds last month. 36 seconds this month. Walker is on an insane knockout streak and the hype train will continue.
CONS: More Johnnie Walker alcohol KO jokes to come.
MUNHOZ KOs GARBRANDT— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) March 3, 2019
PROS: That insane slugfest was fun to watch...
CONS: It wasn’t very smart though. Garbrandt is again the faster and more technical fighter, but he just can’t stop brawling and his durability isn’t the best.
ZHANG DECISIONS TORRES— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) March 3, 2019
PROS: Zhang has constantly shown improvements on each fight, even after big step ups in competition. Wins over Aguilar and now Torres shows she's the best chance for China’s MMA plans (and UFC’s expansion).
CONS: Some slow moments, but nothing too bad
HERB DEAN GIFTS ASKREN A WIN— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) March 3, 2019
CONS: BRUTAL BOB SHOWED UP AND HERB DEAN BOTCHED THE CALL AND RUINED IT. I know it’s tough to call in the moment, but it was still the wrong call and it decided the fight.
PROS: I DONT CARE. WHAT THE FUCK.
USMAN DOMINATES WOODLEY— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) March 3, 2019
PROS: From winning wrestling exchanges to hurting him standing, Usman just dominated. Impressive.
CONS: I don’t want to take away from Usman’s performance, but Woodley just didn’t respond well or look like himself at all. Also, https://t.co/iUOCweKaBU
JONES DOMINATES SMITH— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) March 3, 2019
PROS: Jones did what was expected. Not sure if this is a “pro” for his career, but Smith didn’t want to take the DQ
CONS: Jones just can’t help himself from throwing illegal shots. It wasn’t very eventful, but it takes two to tango.https://t.co/NTedbhVhnH
UFC 235 OVERALL:— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) March 3, 2019
PROS: Nigeria has their first champ after that nice upset. Prospects in Zhang and Walker continued to impress.
CONS: There’s a bunch of little things that made this a weird card. Some bad moments for referees too. Herb’s botched call, Goddard’s numerous breaks.
Check out fighters’ twitter reactions along with more of our UFC 235 coverage below:
- They said what?! Pros react to Jon Jones’ easy decision win over Anthony Smith
- They said what?! Pros react to Kamaru Usman’s dominant win over Tyron Woodley
- They said what?! Twitter reacts to Ben Askren’s controversial sub win over Robbie Lawler
- UFC 235: Jones vs. Smith results and post-fight analysis