The primary and co-main events with this summer’s blockbuster UFC International Fight Week card have been shown. UFC 239 occurs July 6 in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and ESPN has reported the following bouts.
Jon Jones vs. Thiago Santos, UFC 239
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will return to the Octagon at UFC 239 if he puts his title on the line against knockout artist Thiago Santos.
Jones (24-1, 1 NC) is 18-1, 1 NC in the UFC and in the heads of many observers of the game is the greatest talent to step in the Octagon. Obviously, problems outside of the sport with all the law and with USADA have hindered his career, but he is finally back to a consistent fight schedule and that’s a fantastic thing for everybody. Since his No Competition against Daniel Cormier in the summer of 2017, Jones has looked better than everbefore. He won back the empty title with a brutal knockout win over Alexander Gustafsson in UFC 232 and then defended the belt with a decision over Anthony Smith at UFC 232 only a few weeks ago. Jones has promised the fans that he’ll fight more often now that his private issues have been cared for, and also this bout with Santos will be his third battle in less than less than eight months.
Santos (21-6) is 13-5 overall from the UFC and is now riding a four-fight win series, including three straight wins since moving up to light heavyweight. Since going around 205lbs, Santos has knocked out Jimi Manuwa, Eryk Anders and Jan Blachowicz in devastating fashion. He’s actually second all-time now behind Vitor Belfort on the list of the UFC’s all-time greatest knockout artists. Although he had been inconsistent as a middleweight, it appears the move up in weight has helped him attain a few durability that could make him a genuine threat in this struggle against Jones.
Even though Santos has a puncher’s chance against Jones, you simply can not go against the winner. Jones, for his or her troubles, is the greatest MMA fighter of all time, and he’ll be a heavy favourite here in order to defend his belt.
MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas has already released the launching betting line with this bout. Jones opened as a -900 favorite, with Santos as a +600 underdog. Click the hyperlink to see Kalikas’ justification for the introductory line.
UFC 239 vs. Holly Holm, amanda Nunes UFC women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes will stick around 135lbs and defend her belt at UFC 239 against leading contender Holly Holm.
Nunes (17-4) is 10-1 overall from the UFC and is currently riding an eight-fight win series. After going through each challenger thrown her way at bantamweight, such as Valentina Shevchenko twice, Ronda Rousey and Raquel Pennington, she proceeded up to featherweight in her final outing and became the first woman to knock Cris Cyborg, becoming the featherweight champion in the process. In this fight against Holm, she’ll move down to bantamweight and shield her belt there.
Holm (12-4) is just 5-4 in the UFC, but she has fought elite competition in nearly all of her writings within the Octagon and her album is skewed as a result. Since her shocking upset head kick KO win over Ronda Rousey in late 2015, Holm is just 2-4 in the UFC, but she’s won just two of her last three bouts such as a decision win over Megan Anderson in her last outing. Despite her inconsistencies the past couple of years, she is still one of the most admired female MMA fighters ever.
Though Holm is a formidable challenge for Nunes, the UFC’s first-ever women’s double winner deserves to be a large favorite heading into the particular bout.
MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas also opened the opening betting line for this bout as well. Nunes started as a -345 favored, with Holm a +275 underdog. Click the link to see Kalikas’ logical for the opening line.
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