It is easily the best MMA card of this year thus far on Saturday from Las Vegas as a light heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones and UFC 235 is highlighted by rival Anthony Smith.
The five-fight principal card is expected to begin at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view. Following is a peek at their Sports Interaction UFC chances — and those bouts — and the prelim.
Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith
Records: Jones (23-1), Smith (31-13)
Section: Light heavyweight
UFC Odds: Jones -850 Prediction: Jones by choice Martial arts dropped one of its greats to retirement in Georges St-Pierre, surely the greatest MMA fighter ever. GSP is among the brief list of the best of all time irrespective of division. The best? An individual could make an argument for the 31-year-old Jones. From the Octagon, he has no peer. He just appears to derail his career whether because of drug tests that are failing or legal problems. Jones became the youngest champion in UFC history, and he never dropped it. Jones was suspended and stripped and But a failed drug test could come out after Jones beat Daniel Cormier in UFC 214 from the heavyweight belt.
Jones made it back using a knockout of Alexander Gustafsson in December, but that came with an asterisk. Jones tested positive as well as the state of Nevada would not give him a permit to fight. So the card, at a unprecedented movement, was shifted to Los Angeles. The 30-year-old Smith is a former pupil that has fought at 205 pounds for under a year. He is on an impressive three-fight winning series over Rashad Evans, Mauricio Rua and Volkan Oezdemir. There’s some discussion Jones may face Cormier, the heavyweight champ, with a win even though Jones (unofficially) has defeated him twice .
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