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UFC 235 Betting Guide: Will Tyron Woodley Retain his Title Against Kamaru Usman?

Mar 02, 2019 9:55 AM EST
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Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Tyron Woodley.

UFC 235 betting odds: Tyron Woodley vs. Kamaru Usman

  • Tyron Woodley -190
  • Kamaru Usman +160
  • Time: Approx. 11:30 p.m. ET
  • Channel: Pay-per-view

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Saturday’s UFC 235 card is the promotion’s first great Pay-Per View offering of 2019. In addition to the main event between Jon “Bones” Jones and Anthony “Lionheart” Smith, the event is anchored by Tyron Woodley’s UFC Welterweight Championship defense against Kamaru Usman.

After a series of listless title defenses, FWoodley (19-3-1) finally added to his highlight real with a dominant submission victory over Darren Till last September at UFC 228. Woodley is 6-0-1 in his past seven and has not lost since he dropped a decision to Rory MacDonald in June 2014. The incumbent welterweight champion has three stoppages and three decision victories in that run.

Entering mixed martial arts with a decorated collegiate wrestling background, Usman (14-1) is the winner of thirteen straight fights. Usman is the champion of the 21st season of The Ultimate Fighter and is 9-0 in the UFC. Usman has passed every test he’s faced thus far with flying colors.

The veteran Woodley is five years older than Usman, while Usman is the taller and longer fighter. Usman has the superior striking statistics and both men are top-notch wrestlers.

What are the paths to victory for both men when they meet on Saturday night? Let’s find out.

How Woodley can win

The current incarnation of “The Chosen One” dates back to Woodley’s loss to Rory MacDonald in 2014. Woodley had losses prior to that fight — a knockout against Nate Marquardt in 2012 and a split decision against Jake Shields in 2013 — but never changed much as a result.