It’s easily the best MMA card of this year so much on Saturday by Las Vegas as a heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones and rival Anthony Smith highlights UFC 235.
The five-fight principal card is predicted to begin at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view. Following is a peek at those spells — and the prelim — and their Sports Interaction UFC odds.
Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith
Records: Jones (23-1), Smith (31-13)
Division: Light heavyweight
UFC Odds: Smith +500, Jones -850 Prediction: Jones by decision Martial arts dropped one of its greats recently to retirement in Georges St-Pierre, surely the Canadian MMA fighter. GSP is on the brief list of the best of irrespective of division. The best? An individual can make an argument for the 31-year-old Jones. In the Octagon, he has no peer. He simply seems to derail his career out of it, whether due to legal problems or failing drug tests. In 2011, Jones became the youngest champion in UFC history, and he never lost it at the Octagon. However, a failed drug test could come out after Jones conquer on Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 and Jones was suspended and stripped of this light heavyweight belt.
Jones earned it back in December with a knockout of Alexander Gustafsson, but that arrived with an asterisk. Jones tested positive and Nevada’s state wouldn’t give him a licence to fight. So the entire card, in a movement that was truly unprecedented, was altered to Los Angeles. The 30-year-old Smith is a former pupil that has fought pounds for under a year. He is on an impressive streak over Mauricio Rua, Volkan Oezdemir and Rashad Evans. There is some talk Jones may face Cormier, the heavyweight champ, using a win although Jones (unofficially) has defeated him twice already.
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