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Kamaru Usman was tapped over Covington to battle welterweight champ Tyron Woodley at UFC 235, and ever since the bout was announced, Covington's made it abundantly clear he's not happy.

Wednesday afternoon the fighters of UFC 235 were finally on display at the MGM Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, NV for the card's open workouts.

Their beef came to a head at the first UFC 235 pre-fight press conference, when Usman confronted Askren, right in front of UFC President Dana White, and ultimately had to be pulled away (relive that tense moment right here).

In an even more emotional speech, Kamaru Usman said to his daughter "I want you to remember this day" while she nodded. Smith, meanwhile, had been on a tear since moving up from middleweight.

Jones is now a three time light heavyweight title, and his first two title runs ended not because of losses, but because the UFC stripped him of the championship: first because of his involvement in a hit-and-run accident, then due to a failed drug test.

I think they chose the flawless fight to wrap up the prelims on ESPN. You want to throw punches, you see opportunities, but you don't take them. I feel like I'm getting there.


"I need great opponents to make big fights", Jones admitted.

With the win over Oezdemir, Smith called for a fight for the title and got one against Jones. It's going to mean a lot to me beating these up-and-comers, the guys who are a little younger than me. "No one has entertained any idea of switching the contract for any super fights, so, we're just kind of stuck at this spot here fighting at light heavyweight".

Ben Askren (-300), recently brought in from ONE FC and regarded as the finest wrestler in all of mixed martial arts, makes his UFC debut in a welterweight tilt against Robbie Lawler (+230).

"I've been saying for months that I'm going to get my talk and I'm going to get my face to face with Dana White and we're gonna talk business", he said.

Smith lived up to his "Lionheart" nickname, surviving five gruelling five-minute rounds against one of the most dominant fighters of all time, but the judges gave the reigning champion a comprehensive victory at UFC 235. I still can't believe the UFC on ESPN. He is up against one of the best grapplers in all of mixed martial arts so he should keep kicks to a minimum and those that he does throw should be aimed at the calf, so as to make it more hard to be caught by Askren. Some of the biggest stars in the sport will be taking to the octagon, including the controversial yet undeniably talented Jon "Bones" Jones. previews some of the biggest fights and odds from this weekends' UFC action.


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