The Octagon Yields to T-Mobile Center at Las Vegas for Saturday night’s 11-fight UFC 239 card.
The series features a set of name fights, with MMA’s best-ever fighters on the men’s and women’s side defending their respective belts.
Jon’Bones’ Jones is set to take on Thiago Santos at the primary event. Jones was a -600 favored at most novels as of Tuesday, but the Westgate SuperBook had Jones at -850 late Friday afternoon. Santos was a +575 underdog in the Westgate. Quite a few offshore shops had Jones in a less expensive price from the -650 area. 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 times in 26 career fights. His only»loss» was a disqualification for prohibited 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 transformed to some no-decision when Jones tested positive for the PED turinabol.
Jones seems — for now at least — to be on the ideal track outside the cage recently. This is his third fight in a span of six months and a week, marking his most activity since 2011-12. He’s indicated he wishes to fight three or more occasions in 2019.
Jones is away from a unanimous-decision win over Anthony Smith at UFC 235 at March. He dominated Alexander Gustafsson with 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 just four times in a span of over five decades.
Jones has cleaned 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 champions — Shogun Rua, Rampage Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort. Just Evans went the distance with Jones during that interval.
Santos (21-6 MMA, 13-5 UFC) is 8-1 in his previous nine fights since February of 2017. He has ripped six fight-night bonuses in this stretch. The 35-year-old Santos competed at middleweight his whole career until moving around 205 lbs to confront Eryk Anders in the UFC Fight Night 137 headliner at Sao Paulo last September.
Anders took the battle on six days of notice if Jimi Manuwa pulled his bout with Santos because of an injury. The former University of Alabama football player had to fly to Brazil and also make weight in quick order. Plus, he had been heading up a weight class for the very first time in his profession.
The scrap was a slugfest that earned Battle of the Night honors. Unfortunately, Anders collapsed due to exhaustion while attempting to return to his corner when the third round ended. The referee immediately known as the struggle to give Santos a TKO victory.
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