The Octagon returns to T-Mobile Center in Las Vegas for Saturday night’s 11-fight UFC 239 card.
The series comes with a set of title conflicts, with MMA’s best-ever fighters around the men’s and women’s side defending their individual belts.
Jon’Bones’ Jones is set to take on Thiago Santos at the main event. Jones was a -600 favorite at most books as of Tuesday, however, the Westgate SuperBook had Jones at -850 late Friday afternoon. Santos was a +575 underdog at the Westgate. Quite a few overseas stores had Jones at a less expensive price in the -650 neighborhood. The total has been 2.5 rounds (‘beneath’ -135,’over’ +105) at most areas.
Jones (24-1-1 MMA, 18-1-1 UFC) has had his hands increased 25 occasions in 26 career fights. His only”reduction” was a disqualification for illegal 12-to-6 elbows at a blowout win over Matt Hamill on Dec. 5 of 2009. His third-round knockout win over Daniel Cormier in UFC 214 was overturned and changed to a no-decision when Jones tested positive for the PED turinabol.
Jones seems — for now at least — to be on the ideal path outside the cage lately. This is his third battle in a period of six months and one week, marking his most activity since 2011-12. He has indicated he wishes to fight at least three occasions in 2019.
Jones is off a unanimous-decision win over Anthony Smith at UFC 235 at March. He dominated Alexander Gustafsson using a third-round KO success at UFC 232 on Dec. 29 of 2018. Before those two victories, various suspensions and arrests enabled him to compete just four times in a period of over five years.
Jones has cleaned out the light-heavyweight division during his dominant career. At a five-fight stretch from March 19 of 2011 to Sept. 22 of 2012, he won the belt and successfully defended it four times. All five of these wins came over former winners — Shogun Rua, Rampage Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort. Just Evans went the distance with Jones during this interval.
Santos (21-6 MMA, 13-5 UFC) is 8-1 in his past nine struggles since February of 2017. He has ripped six fight-night bonuses during this stretch. The 35-year-old Santos competed at middleweight his whole career until moving up to 205 pounds to face Eryk Anders in the UFC Fight Night 137 headliner in Sao Paulo last September.
Anders took the battle on six days of note if Jimi Manuwa pulled out his departure with Santos due to an injury. The former University of Alabama football player had to fly to Brazil and also make weight in rapid purchase. Plus, he had been heading up a weight class for the first time in his career.
The garbage was a slugfest that got Battle of the Night honors. Regrettably, Anders collapsed because of exhaustion when trying to walk back to his corner when the third round finished. The referee immediately known as the struggle to give Santos a TKO victory.
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