Tyron Woodley will put his welterweight title on the line in the co-headliner of tonight’s UFC 235 event against Kamaru Usman.
Woodley was most recently seen in action at September’s UFC 228 event, where he submitted the previously undefeated Darren Till.
As for Kamaru Usman, “The Nigerian Nightmare” is coming off a lopsided unanimous decision victory over former lightweight title holder Rafael dos Anjos.
Round one of the UFC 235 co-main event begins and Usman comes forward with pressure. He grabs a single leg and then gets Woodley down with a double. “The Chosen One” looks for a guillotine choke but Usman breaks free and begins to work some ground and pound. Woodley eventually scrambles back to his feet but Usman stays on him and keeps him pressed against the cage. Woodley breaks free from the clinch. Usman with a front kick and then shoots in and lands another takedown. “The Chosen One” scrambles back to his feet. He lands a right hand but Usman answers with a knee. The fighters battle from the clinch now. The horn sounds to end round one.
Round two begins and Kamaru Usman starts off with some immediate pressure. He misses with a front kick but then lands a jab to the body of Woodley. Tyron continues to retreat which is exactly what his corner warned him not to do. Usman pushes Woodley up against the fence. He lands some knees. Usman with a big elbow on the break. He picks Woodley up and slams him to the floor. “The Nigerian Nightmare” immediately moves to full mount and Woodley is in all sorts of trouble. Big shots from Usman now. Woodley attempts to scramble but can’t break free. Usman dominates until the horn sounds to end round two.
Round three of the UFC 235 co-main event begins and Woodley is likely down two rounds and maybe 3 points. “T-Wood” with a right hand that appears to partially land. He lands a nice low kick and then a straight right. Usman presses forward and pushes Woodley against the cage. Huge body shots now from Usman. He switches to knees and Tyron takes a deep breath. Usman continues to keep Woodley pressed against the cage. He works in some more knees from the position. Tyron finally breaks free and circles off the fence. Woodley needs to land something to get Usman’s respect. Kamaru once again pushes the champion against the cage. Two minutes remain in the third round. The referee steps in and separates the fighters. Woodley gets off a nice right hand after the break. Usman immediately closes the distance and forces “T-Wood” back against the cage. He begins working some body shots. The horn sounds to end round three.
Round four begins and Woodley’s corner told him he has to bite down on his mouthpiece and throw. Usman comes out quickly once again. He lands a left hook and continues to press forward. Woodley with a nice uppercut. He jumps on a standing guillotine but Usman breaks free and winds up on top in half guard. Usman works in some body shots before Woodley gets back to full guard. Three minutes remain in round four of this UFC 235 co-main event. More body shots from Usman now. He works in an elbow. The referee steps in and stands the fighters up. Woodley with a flurry. Usman responds with a knee. A nice uppercut from Woodley now. Usman responds with an uppercut of his own. He lands a big flurry. Woodley is hurt. Still he throws back strikes of his own. Usman with another massive uppercut. He presses “T-Wood” against the cage. Both men are fighting for air here. The horn sounds to end round four.
Round five of the UFC 235 co-main event begins and Usman comes forward with a front kick. He presses Woodley up against the cage and Tyron looks for a guillotine. The champion has Usman’s head trapped but Kamaru just continues to work knees. Usman lifts Woodley up and slams him down to the floor. Woodley is in half guard and continues to hold on to Usman’s neck. “The Nigerian Nightmare” with some body shots now. The crowd is booing loudly now. Still, Usman has been very dominant in his performance this evening. He continues to batter the ribs of Woodley with punches and elbows. Tyron scrambles back to full guard but Kamaru immediately gets back to half guard. Another hard body shot from Usman. Woodley gets back to full guard and attempts to wall walk. Usman with a knee to the body of the soon to be former champion. Woodley gets dragged back down and the horn sounds to end round five.
Official UFC 235 Result: Usman def. Woodley via unanimous decision
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