Jones was on the way to an easy victory when he landed an illegal knee to Smith's head near the end of the fourth round.
Jones spoke on his win after the match, saying "This MMA thing is really hard". "Some days you're going to look incredible, and some days at work you're not going to perform at the level you hold yourself to".
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.
Jones vs Smith will be one of the premier events by UFC in this year.
To those who are still not fully familiar with Askren and his long history within this sport, trust me when I say that thousands of hardcore MMA fans are completely ecstatic to be on the verge of seeing this happen. Usman celebrated in the cage with his daughter before his hand was raised in victory.
"I was retired", he said.
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Renault said Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin, who raced for Williams last season, will be the team's reserve driver in 2019. Gasly lost control of the RB15 as he entered the corner, spun through the gravel and made heavy contact with the barriers.
Weili Zhang (-130) meets Tecia Torres (EVEN) in a women's strawweight bout that has a good chance of going the distance, as 12 of Torres' last 13 fights have gone the full three rounds. I might not be the best wrestler in the world. But I'm not the freaking referee and that's what it all comes down to. Is Usman the fighter to finally break the Woodley wall?
Usman won 50-44 on two cards and 50-45 on the third. "Robbie is obviously one of my favorite fighters so it kind of sucked that I had to fight him first". I'm not backing down.
"Marty fought like a b***h", Askren said bluntly shortly after Usman defeated Woodley. "I was mostly surprised at how quickly he got me up and down".
JJ: I know a lot of people view him as being the underdog but you know he has had 70 fights - 30 amateur and 40 professional fights.
Well, Covington crashed Usman's open workouts on Thursday, and as you can by watching the video below, he also interrupted Dana White's blackjack game.
Walker starched American powerhouse Khalil Rountree in devastating fashion in one minute, 57 seconds at UFC Fight Night in Buenos Aires last November, then followed up with a spectacular performance as he finished former pro boxer Justin Ledet with a spinning backfist and a flurry of punches in just 15 seconds at UFC Fortaleza on February 2.
"Where are you at Dana?"
With the win, Usman becomes the first UFC champion from Africa. After he was skipped over for this Saturday's UFC 235 PPV, Covington threatened to file a lawsuit. Garbrandt is fighting for the first time since losing back-to-back bouts against rival T.J. Dillashaw. This bout will propel either fighter one step closer to a title shot. He had lost his two previous fights to quality opposition in Glover Teixeira and Volkan (No Time) Oezdemir. The 27-year-old stands 5-foot-8 and has a 65.5-inch reach.