UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones makes the first title defense of his second reign as division champion this Saturday, March 2, against the No. 3-ranked contender Anthony Smith in the main event of UFC 235. In the co-main event, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley puts his title on the line as he defends his belt against Kamaru Usman, who is the No. 2-ranked contender and riding a 13-fight win streak.
Live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, the main card is on UFC pay-per-view, starting at 10 p.m. ET, with four preliminary bouts on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 8 p.m. Early prelims begin at 6:30 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass. Fans will be able to purchase the PPV on ESPN.com/UFC235. ESPN’s coverage of UFC 235 also includes live weigh-in, pre- and post shows and Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show.
Calling the live action will be lead play-by-play man, Jon Anik, alongside former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and Joe Rogan with analysis. Megan Olivi will handle reporting duties. The desk team will be on site with Jon Anik on hosting duty and featuring analysis from former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and former UFC light heavyweight fighter Chael Sonnen. Production for all UFC events on ESPN and ESPN+ is provided by UFC. UFC’s Spanish-language commentary for UFC Fight Night on ESPN will be provided by Victor Dávila (play-by-play), Fabricio Werdum (analyst) and Santiago Ponzinibbio (analyst).
ESPN+ will feature the exclusive UFC Fight Night Pre-Show to give fans all the information they need to get ready for Saturday’s event. The Pre-Show will be on-site in Las Vegas and available on ESPN+ beginning at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, March 1. ESPN+ will also feature the exclusive UFC Fight Night Post Show, live immediately following the event.
On the ESPN App and ESPN.com fans can turn to MMA Fightcenter, the new live, data-driven digital experience featuring live fight statistics (including strikes – by significance and body region, time in control, takedowns, and more), fight cards for every fight from UFC events, fighter profile cards and more. Each Fight Night, MMA Fightcenter will visualize the strikes and damage absorbed by fighters through dynamic color-represented animations, providing fight fans an innovative companion experience to the live event.
ESPN.com will release exclusive features on Anthony Smith, Zabit Magomedsharipov and Ben Askren from Brett Okamoto, plus offer a complete breakdown and betting guide to the fight. Okamoto will also be in Las Vegas and provide on-site coverage throughout the weekend. The Undefeated will publish a feature on Kamaru Usman from Jerry Bembry.
UFC fans can tune in to ESPNEWS throughout fight day on Saturday, March 2 for eight hours of the UFC’s best moments leading up to UFC 235. Coverage includes the 30-minute ESPN original “Unlocking Victory: UFC 235” as well as past fights from UFC 235 competitors Tyron Woodley, Robbie Lawler and Cody Garbrandt. At 9 a.m. ET fans will also be treated to a full replay of December’s historic PPV event UFC 232: Jones vs. Gustafsson 2.
On ESPN+, UFC is always on – 24/7/365 – with anytime access to more than 200 hours of high-quality, on-demand UFC content. ESPN+ also brings fans the original weekly series, Ariel & The Bad Guy, featuring MMA journalist and insider Ariel Helwani and professional fighter Chael Sonnen. Fans can also watch episodes of the groundbreaking new documentary series UFC: Destined, exclusively on ESPN+. This week’s episode features Gracie vs. Caceres (Part 2), with behind-the-scenes access during and after the outcome of the fight.
The ESPN social team will again bring fans images, stories and information throughout the week and weekend, on the @ESPNMMA handles on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.