Jon Jones emerged as the clear favourite to win the UFC 239 main event fight against Thiago Santos, but that does not mean his team will just rest on their laurels.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced its headlining fights for its UFC 239 pay-per-view event that will take place on July 6 at the T-mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The promotion chief, Dana White, claimed that a pair of title fights would banner the event while more big names are expected to be added on the card in celebration of the International Fight Week.
Jon Jones will be back on actions and is set to defend his light heavyweight championship for the second time since reclaiming it last December.
Looking to end his reign is the streaking Thiago Santos, who has won four consecutive fights since August last year
The opening odds for this showdown have favoured “Bones.” But Jones’ team does not dismiss the fact that the challenger is capable of pulling off an upset.
Odds For Jones vs Santiago Fight Released
Last week, Online sports betting company, BetOnline, released the opening odds for the Jones vs Santos and Nunes vs Holm UFC 239 title fights.
The reigning light heavyweight kingpin starts as the sizeable favourite to win the match at -800 while Santos’s odds came in at +575.
Jones recently scored an easy win over Anthony Smith in his first title-defense at UFC 235 earlier this month.
“Bones” avoided complacency and dominated his challenger through five rounds en route to a unanimous decision victory, as ringside judges all scored 48-44 in favour of him.
Following the victory, Jones said he is ready to take on any fighter, stressing he is in the position not to deny people of an opportunity at a world title.
“Whoever it may be, I’m ready to take them all. I think all these younger fighters should get their opportunity at a world title. When you’re sitting in my position, it’s like, who am I to deny people?
Nothing To Lose
Despite being the clear favourite, Jones’ head coach Mike Winkeljohn admitted that “Marreta” would not be an easy opponent.
In an interview with Submission Radio, Winkeljohn said Santos’ firepower would be a cause of concern for the light heavyweight champion.
With nothing to lose, the MMA coach claimed the Brazilian would not hesitate to unleash bombs with full velocity in their fight.
“I think it’s his explosiveness, along with the fact that he’s young and he’s going in there with really nothing to lose,” coach Mike Winkeljohn stated.
“And that’s the scariest part about it. That means those shots, those counters, those punches are coming at total full velocity because he’s got nothing to lose.”
“He’s just going to throw the kitchen sink at Jon, and that’s scary sometimes when people just let go.”
“It’s not so calculated where you go, okay, I know how he does this.”
“Sometimes they come up with something new as a part of their camp, and they can catch anybody.”
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Jones has previously prevailed over some of the power punchers in the division like Glover Teixeira and Quinton Jackson. Can he do the same against Thiago Santos?
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