There is nothing quite like a big fight night in Las Vegas, which is exactly what’s coming Saturday, March 2, 2019 as the UFC bandwagon rolls into town for UFC 235. The main card, features 5 very good fights and the prelims are stacked with at least 3 marquee matchups. Here is a brief preview on the Jones Vs Smith matchup. Without further ado, let’s jump right into the action for this weekends bouts.
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UFC Light Heavyweight Champ Jon Jones -900 vs. Anthony Smith +600
The fight analysts out there give Smith a punchers chance at +600. The current Jones line at -900 could move up to as high as -1000 which is too expensive to make a real profit on. So why not take a shot on Smith for a value play? To his credit, Smith has gone 6-1 SU in his last 7 fights and all of those wins have come via stoppage. He is a completely different fighter at the light heavyweight division, where he debuted by ending the career of Rashad Evans, knocking out Shogun and then ending Volkan Oezdemir with a submission. The guy’s talented. There’s no question about that.
At the end of the day, Jones is the current Light Heavyweight Champ and will be a challenge for Smith. Despite all of Jones’s failings outside of the octagon, he remains a massive draw inside of it and he is a winner inside the ring. Smith is a robust challenger despite being a bit of an unknown amongst mainstream pundits. At 31-13 SU over a fight career that has spanned over a decad, Smith has recently morphed in to an unbelievable competitor. What’s more amazing is that 28 of his 31 wins have come via stoppage (17 knockouts, 11 submissions).
Where Smith’s biggest, physical disadvantage is with Jones’ ultimate weapon. Nobody has been able to solve the freakish reach advantage that Jones has, and it’s unlikely that Smith is the guy to solve that puzzle. We’ve seen plenty of championship fights with lopsided odds like this result in incredible upsets. The sharp lean in this matchup is taking Smith at +550 or greater. That’s a fair play considering the odds.
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