Over the past nine months, $100 bettors who have followed Marley's picks are up almost $18,000. Instead, the UFC declined to offer him a contract and he went on to sign with ONE.
But he has no control over that situation, and will need to do the only thing he can to remain in the title conversation, regardless of the identity of the man who holds the belt.
Usman controlled the majority of the fight from the clinch and eventually on the ground after taking down the typically stubborn Woodley, who entered the fight with the highest takedown defense percentage at over 97 percent.
UFC 235 also features the awaited UFC debut of former ONE and Bellator welterweight champion Ben "Funky" Askren, as he faces Lawler. Following his victory over Aoki, Askren declared that he was done competing and that he wanted to retire before he stayed too long and saw a steep decline in his abilities.
Although they're always going to be an asterisk alongside Jon Jones' name, there's no denying that there's always been excitement surrounding a potential move to the heavyweight division.
"Can't nobody handle me, " Usman said.
"He did recognise me for doing that so he was happy about that", he added. "It's going to take everything [to win]. skills, heart". MMA fans can use Williamcode to get up to the minute information on all the great fighters and weight divisions.
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Ex-servicemen and strategic affairs experts have said the courage and grace Abhinandan showed while in captivity were exemplary. Pressed on who in Pakistan contacted the terrorist group, the minister said: "The people, the people who are known to them".
If Tyron Woodley is unseated as champion, it's not out of the question that Askren could be in title contention with a victory.
UFC Welterweight Colby Covington isn't on the UFC 235 card, but that hasn't stopped in from causing a scene in Las Vegas ahead of Saturday's PPV event.
Askren will fight "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler on the 235 main event. He has sparred repeatedly on social media with White, who derided Askren as "the most boring fighter in MMA history" and an "absolute moron" before blocking Askren on Twitter. The UFC surprisingly added him to its roster previous year, trading former flyweight champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson to the One Championship promotion.
In reality, Garbrandt's best chance of a quick return to a title fight is for Dillashaw to lose his belt and a new champion to emerge.
"I think it left on decent terms, not awful terms".
This is probably why White is throwing Askren to the wolves in his first UFC fight. Then all of a sudden I'm getting passed up for a guy behind me. "Maybe he doesn't feel like he needs to, and that's fine". I'm coming for you boy. Lawler is a competitor, the incredibly heralded and charismatic Askren will have his hands full until Lawler is stopped or the final bell sounds. "I have to show him my heart, and do whatever it takes", said Usman.
After all the headaches he's caused - and there was another atypical drug test this week - it's a little surreal that his fight with Smith can be seen as a throwback to the good old days.