UFC 239 will be held at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 7th (AEST) and it is headlined by a UFC Light Heavyweight Championship bout between Jon Jones and Thiago Santos.
Santos has earnt a title fight following four straight victories, including three in the Light Heavyweight Division, but he will still go into this fight with Jones as a clear outsider.
The co-Main Event is another UFC Championship fight between Amanda Nunes and Holly Holm, while the unbeaten Ben Askren will take on Jorge Masvidal in his second UFC fights.
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UFC 239 Main Card
Sunday July 7th 1pm AEST
JON JONES VS THIAGO SANTOS
UFC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
It has been a matter of who’s next for Jon Jones.
His return to the Octagon and his promise of regular fights has not disappointing. Seemingly his biggest threat, Alexander Gustafsson, was dispatched inside three rounds.
He was scary good when he entered the UFC as a young man, and he is arguably even scarier as a much more composed and experienced fighter and man.
He was lucky not to have been disqualified for the second time in his career when he landed an illegal knee in his last fight against Anthony Smith.
It would have been a hollow victory for Smith as Jones absolutely dominated the fight. He landed 238 strikes on Smith at an incredible 82% with 125 of them significant.
Brazilian Thiago Santos is the next in line. He gets his chance at the title with three consecutive wins via KO inside the UFC. All three wins have come with a move up to Light Heavyweight where, just like Anthony Smith, he seems to be much better suited.
His Muay Thai is his biggest strength and he has the potential to stop anyone with one of his high kicks or brutal punching power.
In my opinion the market has this one right and I only give Thiago Santos a punchers chance in this contest.
Santos has a take down defence of 67% and I have a feeling Jones may take this to the canvas. Even if it is to prove he can still roll around a win by submission. Or just for fun.
BET: Back Jon Jones To Win By Submission @ $3.30