It’s easily the year’s best MMA card so much on Saturday night by Las Vegas as a heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones and rival Anthony Smith highlights UFC 235.
The five-fight main card is expected to begin at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view. Here’s a look at their Sports Interaction UFC chances — and those spells — and the previous prelim.
Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith
Records: Jones (23-1), Smith (31-13)
Division: Light heavyweight
UFC Odds: Smith +500, Jones -850 Prediction: Jones by decision Martial arts lost one of its greats lately to retirement in Georges St-Pierre, surely the best Canadian MMA fighter ever. GSP is on the list of the best of irrespective of division. The best? An individual can make an argument for your own 31-year-old Jones. From the Octagon, he has no peer. He seems to derail his career out of it, whether due to legal issues or drug tests that are failing. Jones became the youngest champion in UFC history, and he never dropped it at the Octagon. Jones was suspended and stripped and But a failed drug test would come out after Jones beat on Daniel Cormier in UFC 214 from this light heavyweight belt.
It was made by jones back with a knockout of Alexander Gustafsson in December, but that came with the asterisk. Jones tested positive as well as the state of Nevada would not give a permit to fight to him. So the card, in a really unprecedented movement, was shifted to Los Angeles. The Smith is a former middleweight that has fought at 205 pounds for under a year. He is on an impressive series over Rashad Evans, Mauricio Rua and Volkan Oezdemir. There’s some talk Jones may face Cormier, the heavyweight champ, using a win although Jones (unofficially) has defeated him twice .
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