The Octagon Yields to T-Mobile Center at Las Vegas for Saturday night’s 11-fight UFC 239 card.
The series comes with a pair of name conflicts, with MMA’s best-ever fighters on the men’s and women’s side defending their individual 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 in the Westgate. A number of offshore shops had Jones at a cheaper 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 raised 25 occasions in 26 career fights. His only”reduction” 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 into some no-decision when Jones tested positive for the PED turinabol.
Jones seems — for now — to be on the ideal path outside of the cage recently. This will be his third battle in a period of six months and one week, marking his most action since 2011-12. He has indicated he wishes to fight three or more occasions 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 successes, many suspensions and arrests allowed him to compete only four times in a period of more than five years.
Jones has cleaned the light-heavyweight branch during his career. In 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 those wins came over former winners — Shogun Rua, Rampage Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort. Just Evans travelled the distance with Jones during that interval.
Santos (21-6 MMA, 13-5 UFC) is 8-1 in his past nine fights since February of 2017. He’s ripped six fight-night bonuses in this stretch. The 35-year-old Santos competed at middleweight his whole career until moving around 205 pounds 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 when 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 had been heading up a weight class for the very first time in his career.
The garbage was a slugfest that earned Battle of the Night honors. Regrettably, Anders collapsed due to exhaustion while attempting to return to his corner when the third round ended. The referee immediately called the struggle to give Santos a TKO victory.
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