UFC 235 on FOX+ on Sunday

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He has been training with world-renowned wrestler Ben Askren to sharpen up his already strong ground game. He has won world titles in both Bellator and ONE Championship. My second half, I vow to respect myself better.

And if these two awesome fights weren't enough for your viewing pleasure, UFC 235 also features the fierce former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler (28-12) take on Woodley training partner and wrestling prodigy Ben Askren (18-0) in Askren's highly anticipated UFC debut.

Brock Lesnar may have a 4-3 record in UFC, but the mark he left on the sport was far greater than a win-loss tally. Smith said Jones performed as expected.

Askren is a loud mouth and doesn't care who knows it.

Cody Garbrandt is in a tricky position in the hugely-exciting UFC bantamweight division. The ratings for the first couple broadcasts of their new TV deal with ESPN have been better than anyone honestly expected, so the company is in good shape right now.

It's imperative he bounces back with a win and gets himself back on a winning streak.

Jones has grown increasingly defiant in recent months, standing up to condemnation for what he claims to be an honest mistake with a supplement - a stance that makes his opponents laugh. "Dude, I've accepted every single fight you've given me".

But he has no control over that situation, and will need to do the only thing he can to remain in the title conversation, regardless of the identity of the man who holds the belt.

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Russian featherweight star Zabit Magomedsharipov has always been tipped for stardom in the UFC's 145lb division. The Nebraska native has demolished former champions Rashad Evans and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, as well as former title contender Volkan Oezdemir to earn his shot at gold. "If anything, Dana and UFC are s-tting on the fans".

Jones carries too much baggage to be labeled a saviour, and the UFC is probably going to be cautious with making him the face of the company, even for a short period. It's awesome. The main event of the prelims is a hell of a fight that non-PPV viewers will get to see. Whilst potentially not an all-out slug fest, this has fight of the night potential.

Askren heads into this bout the favourite but I think that's a huge disservice to Robbie Lawler.

Despite many modern UFC fans craving quick lightweight fights, there is no doubt that some of the best fighters have been heavyweights.

Now the spectacular striker faces wily grappler and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Cirkunov at UFC 235 this weekend looking to make it three spectacular wins in a row.

Most observers expect those fights to be more competitive than Jones' meeting with Smith, who only joined the UFC in 2016 and got a title shot after just three straight stoppage victories in the thin 205-pound division.

How I see this fight playing out, however, is that Woodley is able to adjust early in the fight and pick up the first few rounds.

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