Usman defeats Woodley via unanimous decision at UFC 235

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Kamaru Usman is the new UFC welterweight champion of the world. Usman defeated Tyron Woodley in the co-main event at UFC 235 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The fight went the distance with Unman credited the win with a unanimous decision. The judges had a 50-44, 50-44, and 50-45 score cards.

UFC fighter Kamaru Usman throwing a punch in a UFC fight
Kamaru Usman throwing a punch in a UFC fight (Getty Images)

This was the second unanimous decision in the main card of UFC 235. Weili Zhang defeated Tecia Torres by a unanimous decision, as well. The judges had that fight going 29-28, 30-27, and 20-17.

The 31-year-old Benin City, Nigeria native improved to 15-1 in his MMA career with the win. He has now won 14 straight bouts after being his career with a 1-1 record.

This is his fourth straight unanimous decision win. “The Nigerian Nightmare” has won eight of his fights by decision. Six of his fight wins have come by knockout and one by submission.

This is his second milestone performance. Besides winning the UFC Welterweight Championship, he also won The Ultimate Fighter 21 Welterweight Tournament via an arm-triangle choke over Hayder Hassan to improve to 6-1 in his career at The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Finale on July 12, 2015.

Usman has won two straight wins in Las Vegas. He has three career wins in Vegas.

The 36-year-old Ferguson, Missouri native fell to 19-4-1 in his MMA career. He has lost three of his fights by decision and the other came via knockout.

Woodley lost for the first time in his last seven bouts. He last lost against Rory MacDonald at UFC 174 on June 14, 2014 via a unanimous decision.

He also has losses to Jake Shields and Nate Marquardt, as well.

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