The Octagon returns to T-Mobile Center at Las Vegas for Saturday night’s 11-fight UFC 239 card.
The show comes with a pair of name fights, together with MMA’s best-ever fighters around 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 favorite 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. A number of overseas stores had Jones in a less expensive price from the -650 neighborhood. The total was 2.5 rounds (‘beneath’ -135,”over’ +105) at most areas.
Jones (24-1-1 MMA, 18-1-1 UFC) has had his hands raised 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 at 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 will be his third battle in a span of six months and a week, marking his most action since 2011-12. He’s indicated he wants to fight at least three times in 2019.
Jones is away from a unanimous-decision triumph over Anthony Smith in UFC 235 at March. He dominated Alexander Gustafsson using a third-round KO victory at UFC 232 on Dec. 29 of 2018. Before those two victories, various suspensions and arrests allowed him to compete only four times in a span of more than five decades.
Jones has cleaned out the light-heavyweight division during his dominant career. At a five-fight extend from March 19 of 2011 to Sept. 22 of 2012, he won the belt and successfully defended it four occasions. All five of those wins came over former champions — Shogun Rua, Rampage Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort. Only Evans went the distance with Jones during that span.
Santos (21-6 MMA, 13-5 UFC) is 8-1 in his previous nine struggles since February of 2017. He’s ripped six fight-night bonuses in this stretch. The 35-year-old Santos competed at middleweight his entire career until moving up to 205 lbs to face Eryk Anders in the UFC Fight Night 137 headliner at Sao Paulo last September.
Anders took the fight on six days of note if Jimi Manuwa pulled out his bout with Santos due to an injury. The former University of Alabama football player needed to fly to Brazil and also make weight in quick purchase. Plus, he was going up a weight class for the very first time in his career.
The scrap was a slugfest that earned Battle of the Night honors. Unfortunately, Anders collapsed because of exhaustion when trying to return to his corner once the third round finished. The referee immediately called the struggle to give Santos a TKO victory.
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