Jon Jones confirms brilliance with title victory over Anthony Smith at UFC 235

  • Light heavyweight champ is undefeated since 2009
  • Has spent long periods out of MMA due to suspensions
  • Kamaru Usman beats Tyron Woodley for welterweight belt

Jon Jones defended his light heavyweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Anthony Smith at UFC 235 on Saturday night, overcoming a two-point deduction for an illegal knee to Smith’s head in the fourth round.

Jones (24-1) had little trouble in an expert display of his all-around brilliance against the overmatched Smith (31-14), who had no answers for the likely pound-for-pound champion of mixed martial arts. Jones dominated on his feet, against the cage and on the ground until he got in trouble in the fourth round when his knee struck Smith’s head while the challenger was in a downed position. Referee Herb Dean deducted two points from Jones, who apologized to Smith after the bell.

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