Jon Jones vs Anthony Smith
While he didn’t get the finish that he wanted, Jon Jones dominated every single round. In round 4, Jones clearly landed an illegal knee that if wanted, Anthony Smith could have potentially “played it off” to be able to get a disqualification on Jones. However, Smith agreed that he was able to continue while Jones was deducted 2 points. Regardless, Smith had nothing to offer Jones on this night. Jones is clearly the most dominant champion in the UFC, and it will be interesting to see if his next match is a third fight with Daniel Cormier or if he wants to make another quick turnaround by taking on the next contender at 205.
Tyron Woodley vs Kamaru Usman
Complete Domination from Kamaru Usman. He stalked Woodley the entire fight, hit takedowns almost at will, clinched at will and most importantly, when they were on the ground he was able to keep him there for the rest of the round. Surprising to see how he dominated Tyron Woodley, who has a great wrestling pedigree. Usman will be the favorite in his next fight against presumably Colby Covington for sure. Ben Askren may be the only person in the WW division to be able to match his pressure wrestling style.
Ben Askren vs Robbie Lawler
Wow. Almost stopped, Ben Askren worked through so much adversity to get to that position to stop the fight. Bad Stoppage? Maybe. Herb Dean saw Robbie’s arm drop, Robbie stopped fighting the Bulldog choke, he looked like he was out. Joe Rogan commented that he thought he was out. Robbie popped right back up, but one thing is clear: Ben Askren is going to cause problems at 170 lbs for sure.
Tecia Torres vs Weili Zhang
Torres had her moments of excellence, but Zhang was the better volume striker and had the most significant grappling impact in this fight. Now on a 19 fight win streak, Zhang should move up significantly in the rankings after this win. Zhang, 29 from China, says that she is “one step closer” to her goal of being the strawweight UFC female champion.
Cody Garbrandt vs Pedro Munhoz
Cody Garbrandt needs to take a lot of time off and change camps. This is his third stoppage in a row, he has had a history of concussion problems in the past. There’s no doubt in the world that he is one of the top talents at 135 lbs, and he has proven to be a marketable fighter. After 3 losses in a row however, it’s unclear where “No Love” should go from here.
For Munhoz, now on a 3 fight win streak, he puts himself right in the mix for a title shot at 135 lbs. The grappler, known for his superb guillotine choke, has now shown that his striking is coming along very nicely. One more big win should grant him a title shot.