Smith, meanwhile, is coming off an incredible 2018 that saw the veteran MMA fighter's stock rise.
Jones' suspensions and legal woes limited him to just two fights in a almost four-year stretch of his prime, forever depriving the sport of the chance to see the full scope of his career. It seems like he has a lot of time to make up for.
Despite run-ins with the law, issues with substance abuse and a cloud of suspicion regarding performance-enhancing drugs, Jones once again finds himself on top of the mountain at 205 pounds. Nothing. Nothing is the answer. "Why are we not fighting for it (the title) man?"
Kamaru Usman, right, will take on the champion Tyron Woodley at UFC235 in Las Vegas on Saturday night. His wrestling is as strong as anyone's, and he combines it with the biggest KO punch in the division. Meanwhile, Usman, victor of The Ultimate Fighter season 21, is unbeaten in the UFC Octagon and hasn't lost a professional MMA bout since his second fight. He may even be a "nightmare", if I may. I think if I do that, everything will be okay.
I had the chance to catch up with Jon Jones and pose two questions before him prior to his fight at UFC 235. He's an undefeated fighter who's been a champion at all other promotions he's fought for in his career. Marley also is aware that Smith has overcome his own share of adversity and stunned UFC fans with several upset victories, including one over Hector Lombard and in his most recent win over Oezdemir as a +150 underdog. He speaks his mind no matter what. "Chaos" was in friendly relations with UFC president Dana White, as the two went to White House together.
After all the super-fights and trash talk of the past little while, there's something oddly refreshing about the simplicity of what's at stake on Saturday night.
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Tyron Woodley, the UFC welterweight champion, was Askren's wrestling teammate at Missouri.
There's a reason why the UFC books those superfights, and it's because it's not that hard to sell the historic importance of two champions squaring off. "Ruthless", as he's known in the MMA world, is one of the greatest welterweights of all-time and truly one of the most legendary warriors in the UFC history. Although the results are casting a shadow over his every achievement, he has come to grips with his predicament - and more importantly to Jones, he is allowed to fight on. He is the youngest fighter to ever win a championship at age 23. Will that be the case against Askren?
ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren of US talks to the media during the ONE Championship press conference at Marina Bay in Singapore. That's what Robbie wants.
No, Colby Covington is not getting the boot from the UFC. It's just about as tough an opening assignment as you can hand a debuting fighter, but for one who insists he's the best of the best, it's no less than Askren was expecting. "I can't see it".
"These fights are boring this weekend".
The prelims are also can't miss! "You guys have a star", he relayed to his countrymen, hoping they will tune in to watch the biggest moment of his seven-year professional career. When he spoke to reporters ahead of his title encounter against Anthony Smith, Jones explained that he believes fans want to see him lose in the heavyweight division.