UFC 235 Results: Two Title Fights & The UFC Debut Of Ben Askren

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Main Card (10pm EST., Pay-Per-View)

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UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Jon Jones def. #3 Anthony Smith by unanimous decision (48-44, 48-44, 48-44) to retain the title

UFC Welterweight Championship
#2 Kamaru Usman def. Tyron Woodley by unanimous decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-45) to win the title

Ben Askren def. #6 Robbie Lawler by submission via bulldog choke (3:20, R1)

#15 Weili Zhang def. #7 Tecia Torres by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

#9 Pedro Munhoz def. #2 Cody Garbrandt by KO via strikes (4:52, R1)

Preliminary Card (8pm EST., ESPN)

#13 Zabit Magomedsharipov def. #6 Jeremy Stephens by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

#15 Johnny Walker def. #14 Misha Cirkunov by KO via flying knee strike (0:36, R1)

#12 Cody Stamann def. #13 Alejandro Perez by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Diego Sanchez def. Mickie Gall by TKO via strikes (4:13, R2)

Preliminary Card (6:30pm EST., UFC Fight Pass)

Edmen Shahbazyan def. Charles Byrd by TKO via elbow strikes (0:38, R1)

Macy Chiasson def. Gina Mazany by TKO via strikes (1:49, R1)

Hannah Cifers def. Polyana Viana by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)


Polyana Viana vs. Hannah Cifers

Round One: The round begins with Viana nailing Cifers with a leg kick followed by a right, Cifers attacks Viana with some combinations. Viana attacks Cifers with a kick to the midsection, Cifers comes forward and swings away at Viana. Cifers nails a backing Viana with a kick to the midsection, Viana responds by landing her own kick to the midsection. Viana pulls guard and she drags Cifers to the ground, Viana rolls for a leg lock and Cifers escapes to get the fight standing again. Cifers nails a swinging Viana with a counter right, Cifers drops a kicking Viana with another counter right and she lets her stand afterwards. Viana attacks Cifers with a few kicks to keep her at a distance as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Cifers

Round Two: The round begins with Viana nailing Cifers with a front kick to the midsection, Cifers starts nailing Viana with some leg kicks. Cifers charges forward and she swings away at Viana, Viana drops a swinging Cifers with a counter left hook. Cifers gets up and Viana pulls guard to drag her back to the ground, Viana throws some strikes while on her back. The fighters continue exchanging strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Viana (Overall Score: 19-19 for Draw)

Round Three: The round begins with the fighters swinging away at each other, Viana hits Cifers with a few left kicks. Cifers comes forward and she attacks Viana with combinations, Viana nails Cifers with a knee strike to the midsection. Viana and Cifers exchange some kicks to the midsection, Cifers nails Viana with some punches to the midsection. Cifers pops a kicking Viana with a counter overhand right, Cifers continuously attacks Viana with a series of rights. Viana grabs Cifers and attacks her with a few knee strikes, the fighters clinch and exchange strikes until separating. Cifers nails Viana with a kick to the midsection, Viana lands a body kick of her own as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Cifers (Final Score: 29-28 for Cifers)

Official Result: Hannah Cifers def. Polyana Viana by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Gina Mazany vs. Macy Chiasson

Round One: The round begins with the fighters swinging away at each other, the fighters also exchange some leg kicks. Chiasson nails a swinging Mazany with a counter right, Chiasson attacks Mazany with multiple kicks to the midsection. Mazany comes forward and she nails Chiasson with a pair of lefts, Chiasson grabs Mazany and gets her against the cage wall. The fighters separate and Chiasson drops Mazany with a huge punching combination, which forces the referee to jump in.

Official Result: Macy Chiasson def. Gina Mazany by TKO via strikes (1:49, R1)

Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Charles Byrd

Round One: The round begins with Byrd attacking Shahbazyan with some leg kicks, Shahbazyan nails Byrd with a punching combination. Byrd goes for a takedown and Shahbazyan destroys him with elbow strikes until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Edmen Shahbazyan def. Charles Byrd by TKO via elbow strikes (0:38, R1)

Diego Sanchez vs. Mickey Gall

Round One: The round begins with Gall immediately nailing Sanchez with a four punch combination, Galla also attacks Sanchez with a high kick. Sanchez grabs Gall and he eats a few rights for those efforts, Gall grabs Sanchez and gets him against the cage wall. The fighters separate and take a few swings at each other, Sanchez grabs Gall and he gets him against the cage wall. Sanchez scores a takedown on Gall and he gets side control, Gall eventually gets Sanchez in his open guard. Gall wall walks to his feet and Sanchez drags him back to the ground, Gall gets back up and Sanchez pops him with a few strikes. Sanchez scores another takedown on Gall and he gets the full guard, Sanchez attacks Gall with a series of elbow strikes. Sanchez gains side control while landing some ground and pound until the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Sanchez

Round Two: The round begins with Sanchez taking a few swings at Gall, Sanchez eats an uppercut as he gets Gall against the cage wall. The fighters separate and Sanchez kicks Gall in the midsection, Gall attacks Sanchez with a two punch combo after eating a knee strike. Sanchez drops Gall with a knee strike and he gets back control on the ground, Sanchez attacks a scrambling Gall with ground and pound. Gall gets up and Sanchez drags him right back to the ground, Sanchez gains the full mount  against Gall. Sanchez moves to side control while nailing Gall with some more strikes, Sanchez regains the full mount and he attacks Gall with elbow strikes. Sanchez gains back control and he attacks Gall with a plethora of strikes until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Diego Sanchez def. Mickie Gall by TKO via strikes (4:13, R2)

#12 Cody Stamann vs. #13 Alejandro Perez

Round One: The round begins with Stamann coming forward and he takes a few swings at Perez, Stamann goes for a few high kicks against Perez. Perez starts peppering Stamann with a series of jabs, Perez starts attacking Stamann with some leg kicks. Stamann looks for a takedown before attacking Perez with a knee strike, Perez attacks Stamann with a striking combination. Perez backs up Stamann while landing a two punch combination, Stamann nails Perez with a few left hooks. Stamann goes for a takedown and Perez attacks him with elbow strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Perez

Round Two: The round begins with Stamann attempting a high kick against Perez, Perez backs up Stamann before attempting a high kick. Stamann returns fire back attacking Perez with a power left, Stamann and Perez have a few striking exchanges. Stamann nails an incoming Perez with a short left, Stamann stuns an incoming Perez with a counter left hook. Stamann grabs Perez and he gets him against the cage wall, the fighters separate and Stamann hits Perez with a side kick to the midsection. Perez attacks Stamann with some leg kicks, Stamann grabs Perez again and he gets him back against the cage wall. The fighters separate and Stamann nails Perez with a knee strike to the midsection, Stamann goes for a spinning kick as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Stamann (Overall Score: 19-19 for Draw)

Round Three: The round begins with Perez spiking Stamann on his head with a slam takedown, Stamann gets up as Perez attacks him with leg kicks. Perez backs up Stamann after nailing him with a left, Stamann comes forward and he attacks Perez with lefts. Stamann nails a backing Perez with a right to the midsection, Stamann then hits a swinging Perez with a counter left hook. Perez then pops Stamann with a two punch combination, Perez stuns Stamann with a three punch combination. Perez nails an incoming Stamann with a kick to the midsection, Stamann grabs Perez and he gets him against the cage wall. The referee separates the fighters for inactivity, the action resumes with the fighters swinging away at each other until the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Perez (Final Score: 29-28 for Perez)

Official Result: #12 Cody Stamann def. #13 Alejandro Perez by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

#14 Misha Cirkunov vs. #15 Johnny Walker

Round One: The round begins with Cirkunov attacking Walker with some leg kicks, Walker destroys Cirkunov with a flying knee strike and he lands a few more strikes until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: #15 Johnny Walker def. #14 Misha Cirkunov by KO via flying knee strike (0:36, R1)

#6 Jeremy Stephens vs. #13 Zabit Magomedsharipov

Round One: The round begins with Magomedsharipov attacking Stephens with some leg kicks, Magomedsharipov pops Stephens with a straight left. Stephens attacks Magomedsharipov with some leg kicks of his own, Stephens comes forward and Magomedsharipov attacks him with a left hook. Stephens hits Magomedsharipov with a right to the midsection, Stephens continues coming forward and swinging away at Magomedsharipov. Magomedsharipov accidentally nails Stephens low and the fight is halted, the fight resumes with Magomedsharipov attacking Stephens with a 360 kick followed by a showtime kick. Magomedsharipov kicks Stephens in the midsection a few times as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Magomedsharipov

Round Two: The round begins with Stephens attacking Magomedsharipov with spinning back fist attempts, Stephens charges forward and he swings away at Magomedsharipov. Magomedsharipov goes back to attacking Stephens with some leg kicks, Magomedsharipov goes for a high kick against Stephens. Magomedsharipov and Stephens exchange punches to the midsection, Magomedsharipov scores a takedown on Stephens and Stephens gets right back up. Magomedsharipov drags Stephens back to the ground and he gets back control, Magomedsharipov attacks Stephens with some ground and pound. Magomedsharipov transitions to the full mount against Stephens before regaining the full mount, Magomedsharipov transitions to side control as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Magomedsharipov (Overall Score: 20-18 for Magomedsharipov)

Round Three: The round begins with Stephens attacking Magomedsharipov with some leg kicks, Stephens backs Magomedsharipov while swinging away at him. Magomedsharipov nails Stephens with a kick to the midsection, Magomedsharipov goes for a spinning back fist against Stephens. Magomedsharipov nails a swinging Stephens with a knee strike to the face, Stephens attacks Magomedsharipov with multiple combinations. Stephens hits a swinging Magomedsharipov with a counter right uppercut, Stephens then hits a swinging Magomedsharipov with a counter left to the midsection. Magomedsharipov hits Stephens with a flying knee strikes, Stephens cracks Magomedsharipov with a straight right. The fighters have a wild striking exchange as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Stephens (Final Score: 29-28 for Magomedsharipov)

Official Result: #13 Zabit Magomedsharipov def. #6 Jeremy Stephens by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

#2 Cody Garbrandt vs. #9 Pedro Munhoz

Round One: The round begins with Garbrandt attacking Munhoz with a few kicks, Munhoz drops for a leg lock on a kicking Garbrandt and Garbrandt escapes. Munhoz starts attacking Garbrandt with some leg kicks, Garbrandt and Munhoz exchange high kick attempts. Garbrandt cracks a swinging Munhoz with a counter right hook, Garbrandt attacks Munhoz with some combinations. Munhoz hits Garbrandt with a spinning back kick to the midsection followed by a right, Munhoz rocks a swinging Garbrandt with a counter left. Munhoz scores a takedown on Garbrandt and he gets the half guard, Garbrandt gets up and he rocks Munhoz with a flying knee strike. Munhoz and Garbrandt have a massive striking exchange that ends with Munhoz dropping Garbrandt, Munhoz pounces on a downed Garbrandt until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: #9 Pedro Munhoz def. #2 Cody Garbrandt by KO via strikes (4:52, R1)

#7 Tecia Torres vs. #15 Weili Zhang

Round One: The round begins with Zhang attacking Torres with some leg kicks, Torres and Zhang exchange a few combinations. Torres nails a swinging Zhang with a counter right hook, Zhang nails Torres with a spinning back kick to the midsection. Zhang scores a takedown and Torres gets right back up, Torres nails a spinning Zhang with a few strikes. Zhang gets Torres against the cage wall before jumping on her back, Torres shakes Zhang off of her back before landing a few strikes. Torres scores a takedown and Zhang sweeps her, Zhang lands some ground and pound as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Zhang

Round Two: The round begins with Zhang attacking Torres with some leg kicks, Zhang nearly nails a kicking Torres with a spinning back fist. Torres starts coming forward and attacks Zhang with combinations, Torres nails Zhang with a kick to the midsection. Zhang nails an incoming Torres with a counter left hook, Torres tries attacking Zhang with a pair of rights. Torres hits a kicking Zhang with a counter right, Zhang grabs Torres and gets her against the cage wall. Zhang scores a takedown on Torres and she gets the half guard, Torres eats a few strikes before scrambling to get top position on Zhang. Torres lands ground and pound as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Zhang (Overall Score: 20-18 for Zhang)

Round Three: The round begins with the fighters exchanging some leg kicks, Torres hits Zhang with a side kick to the midsection. Zhang backs up Torres by landing a punching combinations, Zhang and Torres rock each other during a striking exchange. Torres grabs a kicking Zhang and they clinch near the cage wall, the fighters separate and Zhang scores a takedown on Torres. Zhang gains the half guard while peppering Torres with strikes, Zhang attacks Torres with ground and pound until the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Zhang (Final Score: 30-27 for Zhang)

Official Result: #15 Weili Zhang def. #7 Tecia Torres by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

#6 Robbie Lawler vs. Ben Askren

Round One: The round begins with Askren immediately hunting for takedowns against Lawler, Lawler scores a takedown on Askren while landing a ton of strikes. Askren gets up and Lawler nails him with a knee strike to the midsection, Askren eats a left before getting Lawler against the cage wall. The fighters exchange knee strikes while in the clinch, Lawler nails Askren with a knee strike to the head. Askren scores a takedown on Lawler and he gets back control, Askren goes for a bulldog choke on Lawler and the referee stops the fight while Lawler wasn’t out.

Official Result: Ben Askren def. #6 Robbie Lawler by submission via bulldog choke (3:20, R1)

UFC Welterweight Championship
Tyron Woodley (c) vs. #2 Kamaru Usman

Round One: The round begins with Woodley attacking Usman with a right, Usman goes for a takedown and Woodley drops down for a guillotine choke. Usman escapes the choke and keeps top position on the ground, Woodley wall walks to his feet with Usman holding onto him. The fighters clinch and exchange some knee strikes, Usman grabs Woodley and gets him against the cage wall again. The fighters separate and Usman attacks Woodley with some rights, Usman gets Woodley back up against the cage wall while exchanging short range strikes. The referee separates the fighters for inactivity, the action resumes with Usman throwing a few more strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Usman

Round Two: The round begins with Woodley attacking Usman with some leg kicks, Usman grabs Woodley and gets him against the cage wall. Usman attacks Woodley with strikes while in the clinch, Usman cracks Woodley with an elbow strike as they separate. Usman scores a takedown on Woodley and he gets the full mount, Usman attacks Woodley with ground and pound. Usman looks for an arm triangle choke as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Usman (Overall Score: 20-18 for Usman)

Round Three: The round begins with Woodley attacking Usman with a right, Woodley also attacks Usman with leg kicks. Usman gets Woodley against the cage wall while landing a ton of strikes to the midsection, the referee separates the fighters for inactivity. The action resumes with Usman taking a few swings at Woodley, Usman gets Woodley back against the cage walls while exchanging strikes with him. Usman attacks the midsection of Woodley with a plethora of strikes, the referee again separates the fighters for inactivity. The action resumes with the fighters taking a few swings at each other, Usman gets Woodley back against the cage wall as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Usman (Overall Score: 30-27 for Usman)

Round Four: The round begins with the fighters exchanging some leg kicks, Usman scores a takedown on Woodley after escaping a guillotine choke attempt. Usman attacks Woodley with some ground and pound, the referee stands up the fighters for inactivity. The action resumes with the fighters clinching and exchanging strikes, Usman backs Woodley into the cage wall while landing a massive punching combination. Usman keeps Woodley against the cage wall as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Usman (Overall Score: 40-36 for Usman)

Round Five: The round begins with Usman getting Woodley against the cage wall, Usman attacks Woodley with knee strikes to the thighs. Usman scores a takedown on Woodley and he gets the half guard, Usman attacks Woodley with some ground and pound. Usman maintains top position as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Usman (Final Score: 50-45 for Usman)

Official Result: #2 Kamaru Usman def. Tyron Woodley by unanimous decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-45) to win the title

UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Jon Jones (c) vs. #3 Anthony Smith

Round One: The round begins with Smith attacking Jones with some leg kicks, Jones hits Smith with a spinning back kick to the midsection. Jones nails a backing Smith with a spinning back kick to the body, Smith nails Jones with a head kick before getting put against the cage wall. The fighters exchange a few strikes while in the clinch, the fighters separate and take a few swings at each other. Jones backs up Smith by landing a side kick to the midsection, Jones kicks away at Smith as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Jones

Round Two: The round begins with Jones taking some swings at Smith, Jones attacks Smith with some leg kicks. Smith cracks a swinging Jones with a counter right, Jones stuns Smith with some kicks to the midsection. Jones gets Smith against the cage wall after a spinning elbow strike attempt, the fighters separate and Smith attacks Jones with rights. Jones backs Smith into the cage wall while throwing a variety of kicks, Jones goes for a head kick against Smith. Smith and Jones trade some rights to the head, Jones attacks Smith with a plethora of leg kicks and other kicks. Jones gets Smith against the cage wall as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Jones (Overall Score: 20-18 for Jones)

Round Three: The round begins with Jones cracking Smith with a straight right, Smith and Jones exchange front kick attempts. Jones gets Smith against the cage wall after landing a knee strike to the midsection, Jones hits Smith with a few strikes while in the clinch. Jones nails Smith with a ton of knee strikes to his legs, Jones scores a takedown on Smith and he gets back control. Jones backs Smith into the cage wall while landing a plethora of strikes until the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Jones (Overall Score: 30-27 for Jones)

Round Four: The round begins with Jones hitting Smith with a spinning back kick to the midsection, Jones nails Smith with multiple elbow strikes to the head. Jones backs Smith into the cage wall after a flying knee strike attempt, Jones scores a takedown on Smith before landing some ground and pound. Jones transitions to back control against Smith while landing more strikes, Smith scrambles to his feet with Jones holding onto him. Jones scores another takedown on Smith and he gets back control, Jones attacks Smith with more ground and pound. Jones nails Smith with an illegal knee strike to the head and the fight is halted, the fight resumes with the referee taking two points from Jones. The action resumes with the fighters posturing until the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 8-9 for Jones (Overall Score: 38-36 for Jones)

Round Five: The round begins with the fighters taking a few swings at each other, Smith hits a swinging Jones with a two punch combination. Jones goes for a takedown and Smith nails him with a right, Jones attacks Smith with a series of leg kicks. Jones grabs Smith and gets him against the cage wall, Jones lands a a flying knee strike as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Jones (Final Score: 48-45 for Jones)

Official Result: Jon Jones def. #3 Anthony Smith by unanimous decision (48-44, 48-44, 48-44) to retain the title

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