Yesterday the fans in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas witnessed the crowning of a new UFC welterweight champion after Kamaru Usman (15-1) dethroned Tyron Woodley (19-4-1) in the co-main event of UFC 235.
“The Nigerian Nightmare” was the sharper fighter and there was nothing bizarre in the UD win he got (50-44, 50-44, 50-45).
That way, Usman became the first African UFC champion in the history of the organization. The Nigerian looked way fresher than his opponent and was bringing the fight to Woodley through all the five rounds. In the opening round, the challenger was looking for the takedown, and Woodley tried to grab hold of a guillotine, falling to his back. In half-guard, Usman felt comfortable enough to punch and elbow the body, and Woodley eventually had to let go.
🇳🇬 Kamaru Usman dominates Woodley 🇺🇸 tonight to claim the UFC Welterweight Title in Vegas!
📰- Unanimous Decision#UFC235 🇺🇸
— Mikey Thomas (@MikeyThomasMMA) March 3, 2019
After that, it was mostly Kamaru who was doing the impressive stuff. His dominance was at the peak in the second round. Every time the 36-year-old vet was defending the takedown, he was getting caught with some nice and precise elbows or knees.
Another huge take down from Usman.
— UFC (@ufc) March 3, 2019
In the third round, Kamaru was able to land 19 consecutive body shots and it seemed that T-Wood can’t find his wrestling game and that was by far his biggest struggle. Usman’superiority lasted to the very end of the bout thanks to his better cardio, non-stop takedowns attempts and great inside striking.
That was Tyron’s first loss since 14th of June 2014.