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UFC 239 – Best Bets


The Octagon returns to T-Mobile Center at Las Vegas for Saturday night’s 11-fight UFC 239 card.

The series features a set of title fights, together with MMA’s best-ever fighters on the men’s and women’s side defending their individual belts.
Jon’Bones’ Jones is set to take on Thiago Santos in the primary event. Jones was a -600 favorite at most books 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 offshore shops had Jones at a less expensive price in the -650 area. The total was 2.5 rounds (‘beneath’ -135,”over’ +105) at most areas.
Jones (24-1-1 MMA, 18-1-1 UFC) has had his hands increased 25 occasions in 26 career fights. His only”loss” was a disqualification for illegal 12-to-6 elbows in 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 to some no-decision when Jones tested positive for the PED turinabol.
Jones seems — for now at least — to be on the ideal path outside of the cage lately. This will be his third battle in a period of six months and a week, marking his most activity since 2011-12. He has indicated he wants to fight at least three times in 2019.
Jones is away from a unanimous-decision win over Anthony Smith in UFC 235 in March. He dominated Alexander Gustafsson with a third-round KO success at UFC 232 on Dec. 29 of 2018. Before those two victories, various suspensions and arrests allowed him to compete just four times in a period of more than five decades.
Jones has cleaned the light-heavyweight division during his dominant career. In a five-fight extend from March 19 of 2011 to Sept. 22 of 2012, he won the belt and successfully defended it four occasions. All five of these wins came over former winners — Shogun Rua, Rampage Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort. Just Evans travelled the distance with Jones during that interval.
Santos (21-6 MMA, 13-5 UFC) is 8-1 in his previous nine fights since February of 2017. He has ripped six fight-night bonuses in this stretch. The 35-year-old Santos competed at middleweight his entire career until moving up to 205 pounds to confront Eryk Anders in the UFC Fight Night 137 headliner at Sao Paulo last September.
Anders took the fight on six days of note when Jimi Manuwa pulled his bout with Santos because of an injury. The former University of Alabama football player had to fly to Brazil and make weight in quick order. Plus, he had been going up a weight class for the very 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 return to his corner once the third round ended. The referee immediately called the struggle to give Santos a TKO victory.

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