Tyron Woodley marched on his fifth title-defence in the star-studded UFC 235, held at the T-mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Saturday night. To the surprise of many, it seemed like a different Woodley showed up in this fight that could cement his legacy as the greatest welterweight of all-time.
“The Chosen One” has been victorious in his last three fights, scoring a pair of decision wins against Stephen Thompson and Demian Maia respectively before submitting Darren Till in his most recent title-retention bid. For his fifth title-defence, he faced Nigerian fighter Kamaru Usman in the co-main event of the UFC’s second pay-per-view offering in 2019.
Woodley has joined the ranks of French-Canadian legend Georges St-Pierre and Matt Hughes as the only welterweights to defend the belt for five times. A win tonight against Usman could define his legacy. Unfortunately, his challenger has different plans.
Usman brought the current champion to a clinic as he dominated Woodley in a five-round contest to become the first African-born champion in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Throwing the kitchen sink in round 4!!
— UFC (@ufc) March 3, 2019
From the start to the finish, it was Usman who dominated the co-main event of UFC 235. The fight was expected to be a barnburner affair, but oddly, a different Woodley showed up in what could be a legacy-defining moment for him.
“The Nigerian Nightmare” was just solid from the get-go to the final bell as he pummelled and hammered Woodley, who was in a strange form on Saturday night. Fans praised Usman for his total domination en route to winning the welterweight title.
Meanwhile, they slammed Woodley for an underwhelming performance, calling him “lazy, boring, and not interested.” Check out some of the craziest reactions from the Twitter-verse on Usman’s victory over Woodley at UFC 235:
Usman just made history!
— A alazhari ∞ (@iAbdullahFA) March 3, 2019
Kamaru Usman just put on the most shocking performance I’ve ever seen
— Isidro Nunez (@c_dro99) March 3, 2019
Kamaru Usman made Tyron Woodley look normal.
Congrats champ! #UFC235
— Igor Dzaic (@IgorDzaicCPC) March 3, 2019
— O M A R 🇱🇧🇺🇸 (@__Omarsito_) March 3, 2019
Tyron Woodley is getting dominated the likes of which I wasn't even sure was possible. Kamaru Usman is insane.
— Dylan Haines (@DHaines1) March 3, 2019
Holy moly. Usman found the cheat codes for Tyron Woodley.
— Rich Starkey Zobel (@RingoZobel) March 3, 2019
Some fans made fun of Woodley’s poor showing against Usman.
Tonight the part of Tyron Woodley will be played by his less energetic twin brother – Tyred Woodley.
— Cheeky🇨🇦 (@RealCheekybelle) March 3, 2019
ok so where's Tyron Woodley at cause this has gotta be an imposter. #UFC235
— mr. wobble (@bossolino_) March 3, 2019
Tyron woodley looks like he’s showing up to Sunday light sparring after a couple nights of binge drinking and fast food, and he’s just trying to get through the hour so he can go home and sleep… what’s going on?!
— CanadasBiggestRamFan (@CanadasRamFan) March 3, 2019
“Can’t wait for the Tyron Woodley fight” said no one ever.
— Steven Lyons (@SCUBASTEVE781) March 3, 2019
Every king (Tyron Woodley) must fall #UFC23
— Ahson Ali (@AhsonC) March 3, 2019
Tyron woodley is just ACCEPTING being on the cage. Whaaaat is happening #ufc235
— Jamie P (@shereaps) March 3, 2019
I'm suddenly reminded of why I spend every Tyron Woodley fight on my phone. What a fucking snorefest.
— Ruairi (@RedKingLFC) March 3, 2019
Damn Tyron Woodley don’t even look like he wanna fight this a waste of time
— Shane (@CappedBySuge) March 3, 2019
GSP is and forever will be the GOAT. You were never close to him. 🤷♂️
— MMASPY (@MMAspy) March 3, 2019
Tyron Woodley has looked incredibly lost, and uninterested this entire fight. Like he hasn’t even tried.
— Adam Hammonds (@AdamJHammonds) March 3, 2019
UFC 235 Results:
205 lbs.: Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith
170 lbs.: UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley vs. Kamaru Usman – Usman def. Woodley by unanimous decision (50-44 x2, 50-45)
170 lbs.: Robbie Lawler vs. Ben Askren – Askren def. Lawler by technical submission (bulldog choke) at 3:20 of Round One
115 lbs.: Tecia Torres vs. Weili Zhang – Zhang def. Torres by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
135 lbs.: Cody Garbrandt vs. Pedro Munhoz – Munhoz def. Garbrandt by TKO (punches) 4:52 of Round One
145 lbs.: Jeremy Stephens vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov – Magomedsharipov def. Stephens by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
205 lbs.: Johnny Walker vs. Misha Cirkunov – Walker def. Cirkunov by TKO (flying knee and punches) at 0:36 of Round One
135 lbs.: Alejandro Perez vs. Cody Stamann – Stamann def. Perez by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
170 lbs.: Mickey Gall vs. Diego Sanchez – Sanchez def. Gall by TKO (elbows and punches) at 4:13 of Round Two
UFC FIGHT PASS
185 lbs.: Charles Byrd vs. Edmen Shahbazyan – Shahbazyan def. Byrd by TKO (elbows and punches) at 0:38 of Round One
135 lbs.: Macy Chiasson vs. Gina Mazany – Chiasson def. Mazany by KO (punches) at 1:49 of Round One
115 lbs.: Hannah Cifers vs. Polynna Viana – Cifers def. Viana by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
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