The Octagon Yields to T-Mobile Center in Las Vegas for Saturday night’s 11-fight UFC 239 card.
The series features a set of name conflicts, with MMA’s best-ever fighters on the men’s and women’s side defending their respective belts.
Jon’Bones‘ Jones is set to shoot on Thiago Santos at the primary event. Jones was a -600 favored at most novels as of Tuesday, however, the Westgate SuperBook had Jones at -850 late Friday afternoon. Santos was a +575 underdog at the Westgate. A number of offshore shops had Jones in a less expensive price from the -650 neighborhood. The total was 2.5 rounds (‚beneath‘ -135,“over‘ +105) at most spots.
Jones (24-1-1 MMA, 18-1-1 UFC) has had his hand increased 25 times in 26 career conflicts. His only“reduction“ was a disqualification for prohibited 12-to-6 elbows in 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 appears — for now at least — to be on the ideal track outside of the cage recently. This is his third fight in a span of six months and a week, marking his most action since 2011-12. He’s indicated he wants to fight three or more times in 2019.
Jones is off a unanimous-decision win over Anthony Smith in 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 successes, many suspensions and arrests enabled him to compete only four times in a period of more than five decades.
Jones has cleaned the light-heavyweight branch during his dominant career. In a five-fight extend 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 champions — Shogun Rua, Rampage Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort. Only Evans travelled the distance with Jones during this span.
Santos (21-6 MMA, 13-5 UFC) is 8-1 in his previous nine struggles since February of 2017. He has bagged six fight-night bonuses during this stretch. The 35-year-old Santos competed at middleweight his entire career until moving up to 205 lbs to face Eryk Anders from the UFC Fight Night 137 headliner at Sao Paulo last September.
Anders took the battle on six days of notice when Jimi Manuwa pulled his bout with Santos due to an injury. The former University of Alabama football player had to fly to Brazil and make weight in rapid purchase. Plus, he had been heading up a weight class for the first time in his profession.
The scrap was a slugfest that got Fight of the Night honors. Unfortunately, Anders collapsed because of exhaustion while trying to walk back to his corner when the third round finished. The referee immediately called the struggle to give Santos a TKO victory.
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