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Postado em 28 de julho, 2019
The UFC has booked argubaly the very best fighter in the world to get a quick-turnaround bout, and I’ll give my thoughts on this brand new matchup in today’s MMA odds and ends.
Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith, UFC 235 UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will put his belt on the line against Anthony Smith in UFC 235, which takes place March 2 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. TMZ was the first to record on the bout, with UFC president Dana White affirming the news together. The holdup now is that Jones still needs to receive his permit in the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which should occur later this month after he’s got a hearing about his controversial failed drug test for picograms before UFC 232.
The news of Jones vs. Smith being booked for UFC 235 came alongside ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reporting that Kamaru Usman is place to combat UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in UFC 235 in the co-main occasion. I wrote about that matchup in last week’s MMA odds and ends, which you can read here. The cole’s notes version of my ideas on that bout are that Woodley deserves to be preferred based on the fact he is the defending champion, but that I give Usman a great chance to win the title.
As far as Jones vs. Smith goes, it’s clearly the right struggle to reserve and it’s fantastic news the UFC is making this fight rather than Jones against Corey Anderson, that would not happen to be a competitive fight. At least Smith has the finishing capability to make matters interesting, though Jones will presumably still enter this battle as a gigantic betting favorite due to his unbelievable record and how good he looked in his return bout against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232, he won through third-round KO.
Jones (23-1, 1 NC) has an incredible 17-1, 1 NC record in the Octagon that includes triumph over Daniel Cormier, Gustafsson double, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Mauricio”Shogun” Rua, Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort. By all reports, he’s among the greatest resumes we’ve ever seen in the game and he has looked pretty much unstoppable in his MMA career save to get a very controversial DQ defeat to Matt Hamill nearly a decade ago now in December 2009. Smith (31-13) is one of the most-improved fighters in the UFC. After racking up a 4-3 record as a middleweight during two separate stints at the UFC, Smith has exploded into stardom as a light heavyweight since moving up a weight class in the middle of 2018. He has defeated Shogun, Evans and in his last conclusion Volkan Oezdemir all by finish, earning a title shot because of his incredible run at 205lbs.
As great as Smith has looked at light hearted, it’s still not possible to favor him to conquer Jones, who has revealed very few flaws in his game since making his UFC debut over a decade ago. I would search for Jones to be around a -500 favorite for this battle, and contemplating Smith has been completed 14 days in his career there is a good opportunity Jones stops him in this fight.
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