David Mannion takes a closer look at the main event heading into next weekend’s UFC 235 PPV Event.
<p>Jon ‘Bones’ Jones, The undisputed, undefeated Light Heavyweight champion of the world steps into the octagon for the second time this year on Saturday, which is a real treat for MMA fans. Avid watchers alike have been continuously tormented with fight cancelations, suspensions and MIA tendencies when it comes to Jon Jones due to his behaviour outside the octagon. Frustrating to say the least and please forgive me if I’m speaking too soon, but it looks like we finally have a trust worthy, healthy (both mentally and physically) version of Jon and dare I say in the prime of his life. The way he dismantled Alexander Gustafsson in comparison to their first fight was super impressive considering the long periods of inactivity during Jons career.</p><p>Cormier, Belfort, Gustafsson, Machida, Sonnen, Rampage, Teixeira and Evans have all fell victim to Jon Jones giving him one of the most impressive fighting resumes amongst the elite. Striking specialist, high-level wrestling with an ever evolving BJJ game, Jon Jones is expected to steam roll Anthony Smith as the odds clearly show.</p><p>The champ is shaping up to be one of the greatest fighters in the history of all combat sports, if not already there. Currently aged 31, Jon became the youngest UFC champion in history back in 2011 and has never looked back since. Dominating records and light heavyweight fighters is just another day in the office for Jon and even the best version of Anthony Smith is going to have troubles against Jon Jones.</p><p>Anthony ‘Lionheart’ Smith managed to bag himself a 3 fight win streak in a five month period with two knockouts and one submission which surprisingly to some gave him enough respect from the UFC brass to earn a title shot, but on the other hand the light heavyweight division has been struggling for title contenders in recent years and with the champ eager to fight, Anthony receiving the shot does make sense. Luckily with a new wave of light heavyweights joining the UFC roster in recent times Jon Jones might meet his match sooner than we think. With that said, I don’t believe Anthony Smith will be that guy.</p><p>Anthony fights out of Nebraska at team factory x, 30 years old and in his prime now is the chance for Anthony shock fans worldwide. Nobody is giving Anthony any respect what so ever and I refuse to do the same. Inside that octagon we are taught time and time again that we need to respect all fighters able to compete at this high level in the UFC. We’ve saw two of the most impressive undefeated streaks come to an end in the past year with Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson and Cris Cyborg both losing their titles & winning streaks in similar situations to this one where the opposition were disrespected.</p><p>Although I’m not fully counting Smith out, that does not mean I would bet or even lean Smith in this spot. I can’t seem to conjure up any scenario in my head which gives Smith a clear path to victory. Striking, Wrestling, Clinch Work, BJJ, Ring IQ and big fight experience all side with the champ in my opinion, giving Anthony Smith a freak KO, Submission or DQ his only chance to win this fight.</p><h2><strong>What will happen? </strong></h2><p>Short and sweet, Jon will end this fight within the first 3 rounds. I think Anthony will be cautious enough and keep his aggression levelled knowing how big and importing this fight is which might give us a few rounds but sooner or later Jons output will put an end to Anthony Smiths title shot.</p><h2><strong>The Odds</strong></h2><p>Jon opened up at <strong>1.20 – 1/5</strong> but with <strong><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=b2e07733-b156-44ba-bdcb-83e67b8f8c27" target="_blank" title=" Best UFC Betting Odds">SportingBet</a> </strong>after a complete public hammering you can only get a price of <strong>1.12 – 3/25. </strong>No odds have been released for a win inside the distance yet but I still think the price will be very ugly. Your best chance of making any money from this fight would be to predict the round or round and method combined.</p><p>Anthony Smith opened up as <strong>4.00 – 3/1</strong> underdog but if you believe its Smiths time to shine you can grab a huge dog price of <strong>7.45 – 129/20</strong> with <strong>SportingBet.</strong></p><p>The full UFC 235 lineup below.</p><p><strong>UFC 235 Main Card | 3:00 am GMT on BT Sport</strong></p><p>Jon Jones (c) vs. Anthony Smith – UFC light heavyweight title fight<br />Tyron Woodley (c) vs. Kamaru Usman – UFC welterweight title fight<br />Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler<br />Tecia Torres vs. Zhang Weili<br />Cody Garbrandt vs. Pedro Munhoz</p><p><strong>UFC 235 Prelims | 1:00 am GMT on BT Sport</strong></p><p>Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Jeremy Stephens<br />Johnny Walker vs. Misha Cirkunov<br />Diego Sanchez vs. Mickey Gall<br />Alejandro Perez vs. Yadong Song</p><p><strong>UFC 235 Prelims | 11:00 pm GMT on UFC Fight Pass</strong></p><p>Marlon Vera vs. Frankie Saenz<br />Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Charles Byrd<br />Gina Mazany vs. Macy Chiasso, Polyana Viana vs. Hannah Cifers</p><p>For some of the best odds available for ‘UFC 235 Jones vs Smith’ visit <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" target="_blank"><strong>William Hill</strong></a>.</p>