It is easily the best MMA card of this year so far on Saturday night by Las Vegas as a heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones and UFC 235 is highlighted by contender Anthony Smith.
The five-fight principal card is expected to start at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view. Here’s a look at those bouts — plus the prelim — and their Sports Interaction UFC chances.
Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith
Records: Jones (23-1), Smith (31-13)
Section: Light heavyweight
UFC Odds: Jones -850 Prediction: Jones by decision Martial arts lost one of its greats to retirement in Georges St-Pierre, surely the best Canadian MMA fighter. GSP is among the list of the best of all-time regardless of division. The very best? One can make an argument for your own 31-year-old Jones. In the Octagon, he has no peer. He seems to derail his career whether because of legal problems or drug tests that are failing. Jones became the youngest winner in UFC history, and he never dropped it. Jones was suspended and stripped and however, a drug test would come out following Jones conquer Daniel Cormier in UFC 214 from this heavyweight belt.
It was earned by jones back using a knockout of Alexander Gustafsson, but even that came with an asterisk. Jones tested positive and also the state of Nevada would not give a licence to fight to him. So the card, in a movement, was shifted to Los Angeles. The 30-year-old Smith is a former pupil who has fought 205 pounds for less than a year. However, he is on an impressive streak over Rashad Evans, Mauricio Rua and Volkan Oezdemir. There’s some talk Jones might face Cormier, the heavyweight champ, with a win even though Jones (unofficially) has defeated him twice already.
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