It is easily the year’s best MMA card so far on Saturday by Las Vegas as a heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones and contender Anthony Smith highlights UFC 235.
The five-fight principal card is expected to begin at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view. Following is a peek at those spells — plus the prelim — and their Sports Interaction UFC odds.
Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith
Records: Jones (23-1), Smith (31-13)
Section: Light heavyweight
UFC Odds: Jones -850 Prediction: Jones by choice Mixed martial arts lost one of its greats lately to retirement in Georges St-Pierre, certainly the Canadian MMA fighter ever. GSP is among the list of the best of regardless of division. The very best? An individual could make an argument for your own Jones. In the Octagon, he has no peer. He simply seems to derail his career whether because of legal issues or drug tests that are failing. Jones became the youngest winner in UFC history, and he never dropped it at the Octagon. However, a failed drug test could come out following Jones beat on Daniel Cormier in UFC 214 and Jones was suspended and stripped of this light heavyweight belt.
Jones earned it back with a knockout of Alexander Gustafsson in December, but that arrived with the asterisk. Jones tested positive and also the state of Nevada would not give a licence to him. So the entire card, at a truly unprecedented movement, was altered to Los Angeles. The 30-year-old Smith is a former middleweight who has fought pounds for under a year. However, he is on an impressive three-fight winning streak over Rashad Evans, Mauricio Rua and Volkan Oezdemir. There is some discussion Jones may face Cormier, the heavyweight champ, with a win even though Jones (unofficially) has beaten him twice .
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