The Octagon Yields to T-Mobile Center in Las Vegas for Saturday night’s 11-fight UFC 239 card.
The series 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 shoot on Thiago Santos in the primary event. Jones was a -600 favored at most novels as of Tuesday, however, the Westgate SuperBook had Jones in -850 late Friday afternoon. Santos was a +575 underdog in the Westgate. Quite a few offshore shops had Jones at a less expensive price in 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 occasions in 26 career conflicts. 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 at UFC 214 was overturned and changed into a no-decision when Jones tested positive for the PED turinabol.
Jones seems — for now — to be on the ideal path outside of the cage lately. This will be his third fight in a period of six months and a week, marking his most action since 2011-12. He has indicated he wishes to fight three or more occasions in 2019.
Jones is off a unanimous-decision win over Anthony Smith at UFC 235 at March. He dominated Alexander Gustafsson with 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 just four times in a span of more than five years.
Jones has cleaned out the light-heavyweight branch during his 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 travelled the distance with Jones during this interval.
Santos (21-6 MMA, 13-5 UFC) is 8-1 in his past 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 whole career until moving around 205 lbs to face Eryk Anders in the UFC Fight Night 137 headliner in Sao Paulo past September.
Anders took the battle on six days of notice if Jimi Manuwa pulled out his departure with Santos due to an injury. The former University of Alabama football player had to fly to Brazil and also make weight in rapid purchase. Plus, he had been heading up a weight class for the very first time in his career.
The scrap was a slugfest that got Fight of the Night honors. Unfortunately, Anders collapsed due to exhaustion when trying to walk back to his corner when the third round ended. The referee immediately known as the fight to give Santos a TKO victory.
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