The main and co-main events with the summer’s blockbuster UFC International Fight Week card have been shown. UFC 239 takes place July 6 at 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 when 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 minds of many observers of this game is the best talent to step into the Octagon. Of course, problems outside the game with the law and with USADA have hindered his career, but he’s finally back to a consistent fight schedule and that’s a good thing for everyone. Since his No Competition against Daniel Cormier at the summer of 2017, Jones has looked better than everbefore. He won back the vacant title with a brutal knockout win over Alexander Gustafsson in UFC 232 and then defended the belt using a decision over Anthony Smith at UFC 232 just a few weeks ago. Jones has promised the fans that he will fight more often now that his personal issues have been taken care of, and this bout with Santos will be his third battle in less than eight months.
Santos (21-6) is 13-5 overall in the UFC and is currently riding a four-fight win series, including three straight wins since moving up to light heavyweight. Since moving around 205lbs, Santos has knocked out Jimi Manuwa, Eryk Anders and Jan Blachowicz in catastrophic fashion. He is actually second all-time now behind Vitor Belfort on the list of the UFC’s all-time greatest grossing musicians. Although he had been inconsistent as a middleweight, it seems the move up in weight has helped him to attain a few strength that could make him a genuine threat in this fight against Jones.
Even though Santos has a puncher’s chance against Jones, you simply can not go against the champion. Jones, for his or her troubles, is your best MMA fighter of all time, and he will be a heavy favorite here to guard his belt.
MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas has already released the launching betting line with this particular bout. Jones opened as a -900 favorite, with Santos as a +600 underdog. Click the hyperlink to read Kalikas’ justification for the opening line.
UFC 239 vs. Holly Holm, amanda Nunes UFC women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes will stick around 135lbs and shield her belt in UFC 239 against leading competition Holly Holm.
Nunes (17-4) is 10-1 overall in the UFC and is currently riding an eight-fight win streak. After going through each challenger thrown her way at bantamweight, such as Valentina Shevchenko twice, Ronda Rousey and Raquel Pennington, she moved up to featherweight in her last outing and became the first woman to knock out Cris Cyborg, becoming the featherweight champion in the procedure. In this struggle against Holm, she will move back down to bantamweight and defend her belt .
Holm (12-4) is just 5-4 in the UFC, but she’s fought elite rivalry in most of her bouts inside the Octagon and her album is skewed consequently. Since her shocking angry head kick KO win over Ronda Rousey in late 2015, Holm is only 2-4 in the UFC, but she has won just two of her past few bouts including a determination win over Megan Anderson in her final outing. Despite her inconsistencies that the past couple of years, she’s still one of the most admired female MMA fighters .
Although Holm is a powerful challenge for Nunes, the UFC’s first women’s double winner deserves to be a large favorite heading into this bout.
MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas also opened the launching betting line for this bout as well. Nunes opened as a -345 favorite, with Holm that a +275 underdog. Click on the link to see Kalikas’ rational for your opening line.
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