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 conflicts, with MMA’s best-ever fighters around the men’s and women’s side defending their individual belts.
Jon’Bones’ Jones is set to take on Thiago Santos in the main event. Jones was a -600 favorite at most books as of Tuesday, but 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 in a less expensive price in the -650 neighborhood. 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 occasions in 26 career conflicts. 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 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 lately. This is his third fight in a span of six months and one week, marking his most action since 2011-12. He has indicated he wishes to fight three or more occasions in 2019.
Jones is off a unanimous-decision win over Anthony Smith in UFC 235 in March. He dominated Alexander Gustafsson using 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 the light-heavyweight branch 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 those wins came over former winners — Shogun Rua, Rampage Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort. Only Evans went the distance with Jones during that span.
Santos (21-6 MMA, 13-5 UFC) is 8-1 in his previous nine fights since February of 2017. He has bagged 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 from the UFC Fight Night 137 headliner at Sao Paulo last September.
Anders took the fight on six days of notice if Jimi Manuwa pulled his bout with Santos due to an injury. The former University of Alabama football player had to fly to Brazil and also make weight in rapid purchase. Plus, he had been going up a weight class for the first time in his profession.
The scrap was a slugfest that got Fight of the Night honors. Unfortunately, Anders collapsed because of exhaustion while attempting to walk back to his corner once the third round ended. The referee immediately known as the struggle to give Santos a TKO victory.

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