Join us for round-by-round, fight-by-fight coverage from Las Vegas. The card also features: Tyron Woodley vs. Robbie Lawler , welterweights; Tecia Torres vs. Pedro Munhoz , bantamweights.
UFC light heavyweight title: Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith Jon Jones is universally viewed as one of the best fighters of all time and he is looking to fight more often after drug test failures and out of competition issues kept him out of action for long stretches in recent years.
Anthony Smith is a massive underdog. He earned this shot with three straight wins, albeit against a couple of fighters past their prime.
Advertisement Round 1. Smith lands a hard leg kick, the first solid shot by either fighter. Jones does connect with a spinning back kick to the body.
Jones misses with an ax kick. Jones lands another spinning back kick to the body.
Smith lands a head kick. Jones catches the leg and clinches. Uneventful round. Round 2. Jones opens with a few kicks at different angles. Jones connects with a front kick that forces Smith to back away.
Jones lands a spinning elbow. Jones is continually attacking with kicks; those have been his primary weapon in this bout. Both men land punches in an exchange. Round 3. Jones looks for a takedown.
Smith stops him but Jones does land a heavy knee to the body in the process.
They end up in a clinch stalemate for an extended period before Jones finally slams Smith down with two minutes left. Nothing really happens with Smith and Jones on the ground. Round 4. Jones attacks with kicks including a hard spinning back kick to the body and then follows that with some elbows to the head.
Jones throws Smith to the ground.
Smith is bleeding now from the face. Jones lands some punches on the ground. Smith stands up but then is taken back down. Jones lands some punches, elbows and knees on the ground. Jones lands an illegal knee to the head as Smith is still down. Referee Herb Dean deducts two points for some reason.
Advertisement Round 5. Smith comes out swinging with power punches. They end up back in a clinch. Winner: Jon Jones, unanimous decision , , It was a flat fight where Jones was clearly better. Questions remain about how good Jones is now relative to a few years back before all the issues arose.
UFC welterweight title: Tyron Woodley vs. Kamaru Usman As Tyron Woodley continues to successfully defend the UFC welterweight title, he is establishing himself as one of the best welterweights in the history of the sport.
With excellent wrestling and striking, he poses a difficult challenge for any opponent. Kamaru Usman is younger and longer with an excellent wrestling pedigree of his own.
Usman has won nine UFC fights in a row to earn this title shot. Round 1. Usman immediately moves into range and Woodley throws a right hand. Usman goes for a takedown and Woodley grabs a guillotine.
Woodley looks to stand up while Usman lands a few knees to the body. Woodley stands up and separates. Usman throws a lead jab and then shoots in for another takedown attempt. Woodley blocks it. Usman lands a straight right hand and returns to the clinch.
Usman and Woodley both land punches from close range before they end up back in another clinch. Usman again throws a jab and then moves in for a takedown. Woodley is bleeding right around the eye.
Usman then scores a takedown and secures full mount. Usman lands some punches and elbows from there although on balance Woodley is doing a good job defending. Usman looks to set up an arm triangle choke but Woodley prevents that.
Woodley throws one of those big right hands as Usman moves in.