UFC 239 – Best Bets
The Octagon returns to T-Mobile Center at Las Vegas for Saturday night’s 11-fight UFC 239 card.
The show features a pair of title fights, with MMA’s best-ever fighters around the men’s and women’s side defending their respective belts.
Jon’Bones’ Jones is set to shoot on Thiago Santos at the primary event. Jones was a -600 favored at most novels as of Tuesday, however, the Westgate SuperBook had Jones at -850 late Friday afternoon. Santos was a +575 underdog in the Westgate. A number of overseas stores had Jones at a cheaper price in the -650 area. The total has been 2.5 rounds (‘beneath’ -135,”over’ +105) at most areas.
Jones (24-1-1 MMA, 18-1-1 UFC) has had his hand raised 25 times in 26 career conflicts. His only”reduction” was a disqualification for prohibited 12-to-6 elbows at a blowout win over Matt Hamill on Dec. 5 of 2009. His third-round knockout win over Daniel Cormier in UFC 214 was overturned and changed into a no-decision when Jones tested positive for the PED turinabol.
Jones appears — for now at least — to be on the right path outside the cage recently. This is his third battle in a period of six months and one week, marking his most action since 2011-12. He’s indicated he wants to fight three or more times in 2019.
Jones is away from a unanimous-decision triumph over Anthony Smith in UFC 235 at March. He dominated Alexander Gustafsson with a third-round KO victory at UFC 232 on Dec. 29 of 2018. Before those two victories, various suspensions and arrests enabled him to compete only four times in a period of more than five decades.
Jones has cleaned out the light-heavyweight branch 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 travelled the distance with Jones during this span.
Santos (21-6 MMA, 13-5 UFC) is 8-1 in his past nine fights 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 face Eryk Anders in the UFC Fight Night 137 headliner in Sao Paulo last September.
Anders took the fight on six days of note when Jimi Manuwa pulled out his departure with Santos because of an injury. The former University of Alabama football player had to fly to Brazil and make weight in rapid order. Plus, he had been going up a weight class for the first time in his profession.
The scrap was a slugfest that earned Fight of the Night honors. Unfortunately, Anders collapsed due to exhaustion when attempting to walk back to his corner when the third round ended. The referee immediately called the struggle to give Santos a TKO victory.
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