Jon ‘Bones’ Jones, who regained his Light Heavyweight title with a stunning win over old rival Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232, now returns to the Octagon as the 205lb Champion for the UFC 235 main event from the world famous T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on 2nd March. Everyone is expecting Jon Jones to walk away victorious, but Anthony Smith definitely has other intentions.
Jon Jones is a short price here, the oddsmakers believing he is untouchable. They may be right, but Anthony Smith is a humble but violent human being who doesn’t care about the previous escapades of the champion.
Jon Jones v Anthony Smith Betting Lines
The Jon Jones v Anthony Smith betting lines has Jones as hot -833 favourite at bet365*. Jones is one of the all time greats and he seems hell-bent on going on a tear of potential challengers at 205lb in 2019, before making a huge move up to Heavyweight, perhaps in 2020. His challenger Anthony Smith is available to back at +600 with William Hill.
Anthony Smith believes he can beat Jones. His gym at Factory X in Nebraska have devised a game plan they believe can exploit some holes in his game and don’t seem intimidated by the task at hand. Anthony Smith has a long history of great fights in Strikeforce, Bellator and now the UFC.
Jon Jones v Anthony Smith Betting Prediction
Smith beat Rashad Evans and Mauricio Rua, before submitting top contender Volkan Oezdemir (he is a BJJ Black belt) at UFC Fight Night in Moncton, New Brunswick last October. It was his second ‘Performance of the Night’ accolade and earned him this shot at Jones.
Jon Jones is very strong and has few weaknesses, but with +600 odds available at William Hill about the underdog and challenger, and considering his pedigree described above, you could argue he is the value betting tip for UFC 235 main event. Anthony Smith has absolutely nothing to lose here and may be worth a small bet.
Anthony Smith to beat Jon Jones +600 with William Hill
* Odds correct at the time of writing