The primary and co-main events for the summer’s blockbuster UFC International Fight Week card have been shown. UFC 239 takes place 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 minds of many observers of this sport is the best talent to step into the Octagon. Obviously, problems outside the sport with the law and also USADA have hindered his career, but he is finally back on a consistent fight schedule and that is a good thing for everybody. Since his No Contest 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 using a decision over Anthony Smith in UFC 232 just a couple weeks ago. Jones has assured the fans that he’ll fight more often now that his personal issues have been taken care of, and also this bout with Santos will be his third battle in less than less than eight weeks.
Santos (21-6) is 13-5 overall in the UFC and is currently riding a four-fight win streak, including three straight wins since moving up to light heavyweight. Since moving up to 205lbs, Santos has knocked out Jimi Manuwa, Eryk Anders and Jan Blachowicz in devastating fashion. He is actually second all-time currently behind Vitor Belfort on the list of the UFC’s all-time best grossing musicians. Although he was inconsistent as a middleweight, it seems the move up in weight has helped him to attain some strength that could make him a genuine threat in this struggle against Jones.
While Santos has a puncher’s chance against Jones, you just can not go against the champion. Jones, for all his problems, is the greatest MMA fighter of all time, and he will be a heavy favorite here in order to guard his belt.
MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas has already released the launching betting line for this particular bout. Jones opened as a -900 favored, with Santos as a +600 underdog. Click the link to see Kalikas’ rationale 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 shield her belt at UFC 239 against leading contender Holly Holm.
Nunes (17-4) is 10-1 overall in the UFC and is now riding an eight-fight win series. After going through every challenger thrown her way at bantamweight, including Valentina Shevchenko twice, Ronda Rousey and Raquel Pennington, she moved up to featherweight in her last outing and became the first woman to knock Cris Cyborg, getting the featherweight champion in the process. In this struggle against Holm, she’ll move back down to bantamweight and defend her belt there.
Holm (12-4) is just 5-4 in the UFC, but she has fought elite rivalry in nearly all of her writings within the Octagon and her record is skewed consequently. Since her shocking angry head kick KO win over Ronda Rousey in late 2015, Holm is just 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 last outing. Despite her inconsistencies that the last few decades, she’s still among the most respected female MMA fighters ever.
Though Holm is a formidable challenge for Nunes, the UFC’s first women’s double champion deserves to be a sizable favorite heading into the bout.
MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas also opened the launching betting line for this bout too. Nunes opened as a -345 favored, with Holm that a +275 underdog. Click the link to see Kalikas’ logical for the introductory lineup.
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