UFC 239 – Best Bets
The Octagon Yields to T-Mobile Center at Las Vegas for Saturday night’s 11-fight UFC 239 card.
The show features a set of name fights, together 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 in the main 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. 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 hand increased 25 times in 26 career fights. His only”reduction” was a disqualification for prohibited 12-to-6 elbows in 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 — to be on the ideal track outside the cage recently. This is his third battle in a period of six months and one week, marking his most activity since 2011-12. He’s indicated he wishes to fight at least three times in 2019.
Jones is off a unanimous-decision triumph over Anthony Smith at UFC 235 in March. He dominated Alexander Gustafsson using a third-round KO success at UFC 232 on Dec. 29 of 2018. Before those two victories, various suspensions and arrests enabled him to compete just four times in a span of more than five decades.
Jones has cleaned out the light-heavyweight division 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. Only Evans went the distance with Jones during this span.
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 during this stretch. The 35-year-old Santos competed at middleweight his whole career until moving around 205 lbs to confront Eryk Anders from the UFC Fight Night 137 headliner at Sao Paulo last September.
Anders took the fight on six days of note if Jimi Manuwa pulled his bout with Santos because of an injury. The former University of Alabama football player had to fly to Brazil and make weight in quick order. Plus, he was heading up a weight class for the first time in his profession.
The garbage was a slugfest that got Fight of the Night honors. Unfortunately, Anders collapsed due to exhaustion when trying to walk back to his corner once the third round ended. The referee immediately called the struggle to give Santos a TKO victory.
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