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The UFC has booked argubaly the very best fighter in the world for a quick-turnaround bout, and I will give my thoughts on this brand new matchup in today’s MMA odds and ends. UFC 235 vs. Anthony Smith, jon Jones UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will put his belt on the line against Anthony Smith in UFC 235, which takes place March 2 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. TMZ was the first to record on the bout, together with UFC president Dana White affirming the information with them. The holdup now is that Jones still needs to receive his permit from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which should happen later this month after he’s got a hearing about his controversial failed drug test for picograms before UFC 232. The news of Jones vs. Smith being booked for UFC 235 came alongside ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reporting which Kamaru Usman is place to fight UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in UFC 235 in the co-main event. I wrote about that matchup in last week’s MMA odds and ends, which you can read here. The cole’s notes version of my thoughts on this bout are that Woodley deserves to be favored based on the fact he is the defending champion, but that I give Usman a fantastic shot to win the title. So far as Jones vs. Smith goes, it is clearly the right struggle to book and it’s fantastic news the UFC is making this fight rather than Jones contrary to Corey Anderson, that wouldn’t happen to be a competitive fight. At least Smith has the ending capability to make matters interesting, though Jones will still enter this fight as a gigantic betting favorite due to his incredible album and how great he looked in his return bout against Alexander Gustafsson in UFC 232, which he won via third-round KO. Jones (23-1, 1 NC) has an incredible 17-1, 1 NC album in the Octagon which includes win over Daniel Cormier, Gustafsson double, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Mauricio”Shogun” Rua, Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort. By all reports, he has one of the best resumes we have ever seen in the sport and he has appeared pretty much unstoppable in his MMA career save for an extremely controversial DQ defeat to Matt Hamill nearly a decade ago now in December 2009. Smith (31-13) is among the most-improved fighters in the UFC. After racking up a 4-3 record as a middleweight during two different stints in the UFC, Smith has burst into stardom as a light heavyweight since moving up a weight class in the middle of 2018. He’s defeated Shogun, Evans and at his very last finish Volkan Oezdemir all by end, earning a title shot for his unbelievable run at 205lbs. As good as Smith has looked at light hearted, it is still not possible to prefer him to conquer Jones, that has revealed hardly any flaws in his game since making his UFC debut over a decade ago. I’d look for Jones to be around a -500 favorite for this battle, and considering Smith has been completed 14 times in his profession there is a good chance Jones stops him in this battle. Disclaimer: This page includes affiliate links and MMA Odds Breaker is going to be paid if you make a purchase after clicking on the links. Read more: