It is easily this year’s best MMA card so far on Saturday night by Las Vegas as a heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones and contender Anthony Smith highlights UFC 235.
The five-fight principal card is predicted to start at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view. Here’s a look at those bouts — and 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: Smith +500, Jones -850 Prediction: Jones by decision Martial arts lost one of its greats to retirement in Georges St-Pierre the best Canadian MMA fighter ever. GSP is among the list of the finest of all-time irrespective of division. The best? One can make an argument for the Jones. From the Octagon, he has no peer. He simply appears to derail his career whether because of legal problems or failing drug tests. Jones became the youngest winner in UFC history, and he never dropped it at the Octagon. Jones was suspended and stripped and But a failed drug test would come out after Jones conquer on Daniel Cormier in UFC 214 of this light heavyweight belt.
Jones made it back using a third-round knockout of Alexander Gustafsson in December, but that arrived with the asterisk. Jones tested positive for trace amounts of a steroid and the state of Nevada wouldn’t give a permit to fight to him. So the card, in a move that was unprecedented, was altered to Los Angeles. The 30-year-old Smith is a former middleweight who has fought at 205 pounds for less than a year. 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, using a win even though Jones (unofficially) has defeated him twice .
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