UFC 235: Jones vs. Smith -- how to watch, plus full analysis

Jon Jones has the belt back and will be looking to fuel another long run at UFC 235. AP Photo/John Locher

Jon Jones makes the first defense of his second reign as light heavyweight champion on Saturday night when he takes on Anthony Smith in the main event of UFC 235 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card is on PPV, beginning at 10 p.m. ET, with prelims on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 8 p.m. and early prelims on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 6:30. Fans will be able to purchase the PPV through ESPN.com.

The co-main event is also a title bout, as Tyron Woodley defends his welterweight crowd against Kamaru Usman. Woodley is unbeaten in his last seven fights, while Usman has won 13 in a row.

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Jones regained his title in December in his first fight back from a PED suspension. Before the belt was stripped in 2017, he had made eight defenses since becoming the youngest champion in UFC history (at age 23) back in 2011. Jones is considered by many to be the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.

Also on the card, in addition to the championship doubleheader: Former welterweight titleholder Robbie Lawler welcomes to the Octagon undefeated Ben Askren, who reigned in Bellator and One Championships; ex-bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt attempts to bounce back from two straight knockout losses, and 16-1 prospect Zabit Magomedsharipov tries to continue his rise in the featherweight division.

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