Latest MMA News (Week 2 January 2019)

Jon Jones awaits license grant from NAC to face Anthony Smith at UFC 235

Having newly acquired the light heavyweight title, Jon Jones will be putting it at stake as he prepares to face Anthony Smith at the Ultimate Fighting Championship 235, to take place at Las Vegas. However, as per UFC president Dana White, the bout will be possible only if Jones is able to get his licensure application granted before the Las Vegas event. According to reports, Jones is to apply for licensure with NSAC later this month, attempting to compete at the UFC 235 which is scheduled to happen on 2nd March at Nevada. Following many controversies around Jones’ failed drug tests, he had been granted a license by the CSAC to compete against Alexander Gustafsson, whom he defeated and claimed the title of light heavyweight. On the other hand, Smith has had all victories coming to him since his upgrade to the light heavyweight bracket, and is on a three-win streak as of now. Provided Jones’ application is granted, the two will face each other in a 5 round bout at the T-Mobile Arena.


UFC 235 to see Tyron Woodley vs. Kamaru Usman

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley will be defending his title at the UFC 235 against someone who has stayed undefeated till now in the Octagon- Kumaru Usman. Sources have confirmed that the match will take place on 2nd March at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas. Woodley’s last seven fights have concluded in six victories and a draw, starting with him defeating Robbie Lawler at the UFC 201 in 2016. Currently 9-2-1 in UFC and 19-3-1 overall, the UFC 235 will be Tyron’s fifth championship defence. Meanwhile, setting off his unblemished UFC record with his debut win at the finals of The Ultimate Fighter 21, Usman has had nine victories. Having won 13 overall straight fights, his recent win was over Rafael dos Anjos. UFC president, Dana White was also recorded stating that he was in favour on Woodley in the scheduled bout.


PolyanaViana knocks down robber with MMA skills

Brazilian fighter, PolyanaViana made use of her mixed martial arts skills to take down a man who attempted to rob her of her phone last Saturday outside her apartment building in Rio de Janerio. Viana is 10-2 as an MMA fighter and is a competitor in UFC’s strawweight division. The 26 year old has won 10 out of her 12 MMA fights and did not hesitate to putting her expertise to use on the robber, who threatened Viana with what the fighter could make out was a cardboard “gun”, when she was waiting for her cab outside her apartment. Viana was quick to react to the threat and took the man under control with two punches and kick, holding him in a rear choke till the police arrived.