The UFC has booked argubaly the top fighter in the world to get a quick-turnaround bout, and I will give my thoughts on this new matchup in today’s MMA odds and ends.
Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith, UFC 235 UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will put his belt on the line against Anthony Smith in UFC 235, which takes place March 2 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. TMZ was the first to report on the bout, together with UFC president Dana White confirming the information together. The holdup now is that Jones still wants to get his permit from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which should occur later this month later he’s got a hearing regarding his controversial failed drug test for picograms before UFC 232.
The information of Jones vs. Smith being reserved for UFC 235 came along with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reporting which Kamaru Usman is place to fight UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in UFC 235 in the co-main occasion. I wrote about that matchup in a week’s MMA odds and ends, which you can read here. The cole’s notes version of my thoughts on this bout would be that Woodley deserves to become favored based on the fact he is the defending champion, but I provide Usman a great chance to win the title.
As far as Jones vs. Smith goes, it’s obviously the ideal struggle to reserve and it’s fantastic news the UFC is creating this fight instead of Jones against Corey Anderson, which would not happen to be a competitive fight. At least Smith gets the ending ability to make things interesting, though Jones will presumably still enter this fight as a massive betting favorite as a result of his unbelievable record and just how good he looked in his return bout against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232, which he won via third-round KO.
Jones (23-1, 1 NC) has an unbelievable 17-1, 1 NC album from the Octagon that includes win over Daniel Cormier, Gustafsson twice, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Mauricio”Shogun” Rua, Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort. By all reports, he has one of the greatest resumes we have ever seen in the game and he has appeared pretty much unstoppable in his MMA career save to get an extremely controversial DQ defeat to Matt Hamill almost a decade ago now in December 2009. Smith (31-13) is among the most-improved fighters in the UFC. After racking up a 4-3 record as a middleweight through two separate stints at the UFC, Smith has burst into stardom as a light heavyweight since moving up a weight class in the center of 2018. He’s defeated Shogun, Evans and at his last finish Volkan Oezdemir all by finish, earning a title shot because of his unbelievable run at 205lbs.
As great as Smith has appeared at light heavyweight, it is still impossible to favor him to beat Jones, who has shown very few flaws in his game since making his UFC debut over a decade ago. I would search for Jones to be about a -500 favored for this battle, and considering Smith has been completed 14 days in his profession there’s a good opportunity Jones stops him in this battle.
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