It’s easily the year’s best MMA card so far on Saturday night from Las Vegas as a light heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones and UFC 235 is highlighted by rival Anthony Smith.
The five-fight main card is expected to start at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view. Here’s a peek at their Sports Interaction UFC odds — and those bouts — plus the prelim.
Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith
Records: Jones (23-1), Smith (31-13)
Section: Light heavyweight
UFC Odds: Jones -850 Prediction: Jones by choice Martial arts lost one of its greats to retirement in Georges St-Pierre, surely the best Canadian MMA fighter ever. GSP is among the list of the finest of all time regardless of division. The very best? One can make an argument for the 31-year-old Jones. From the Octagon, he has no peer. He simply seems to derail his career from it, whether because of legal problems or failing drug tests. Jones became the youngest winner in UFC history, and he never dropped it. However, a drug test would come out after Jones conquer Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 and Jones was suspended and stripped from this heavyweight belt.
It was made by jones back with a third-round knockout of Alexander Gustafsson, but that came with the asterisk. Jones tested positive for trace amounts of a steroid and the state of Nevada wouldn’t give him a permit to fight. So the card, in a movement that was unprecedented, was altered to Los Angeles. The 30-year-old Smith is a former middleweight who has fought at 205 pounds for less than a year. He is on an impressive winning streak over Rashad Evans, Mauricio Rua and Volkan Oezdemir. There is some talk Jones might face Cormier, the heavyweight champ, with a win although Jones (unofficially) has beaten him twice already.
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