Jones vs. Smith: UFC 235 Main Card Odds and Predictions

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It is easily this year’s best MMA card thus much on Saturday by 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 start at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view. Here’s a look at their Sports Interaction UFC chances — and those bouts — plus the prelim.
Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith
Records: Jones (23-1), Smith (31-13)
Section: Light heavyweight
UFC Odds: Smith +500, Jones -850 Prediction: Jones by decision Mixed martial arts dropped one of its greats to retirement in Georges St-Pierre, surely the best MMA fighter. GSP is on the short list of the best of all-time irrespective of division. The very best? One could make an argument for your own 31-year-old Jones. In the Octagon, he has no peer. He appears to derail his career out of it, whether due to drug tests or legal issues. Jones became the youngest champion in UFC history, and he never lost it. Jones was suspended and stripped and however, a drug test would come out after Jones beat on Daniel Cormier in UFC 214 of this heavyweight belt.
Jones made it back with a third-round knockout of Alexander Gustafsson, but that came with an asterisk. Jones tested positive for trace quantities of a steroid as well as he wouldn’t be given a permit by the state of Nevada. So the card, in a movement that was truly unprecedented, was altered to Los Angeles. The 30-year-old Smith is a former middleweight that has fought pounds for under a year. He is on an impressive winning streak over Volkan Oezdemir, Mauricio Rua and Rashad Evans. There’s some discussion Jones may face Cormier, the heavyweight champ, with a win even though Jones (unofficially) has beaten him twice already.

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