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UFC 235 takes place this Saturday, March 2nd 2019. It features Jon Jones defending his Light Heavyweight title against Anthony Smith.
It also features the long awaited debut of Ben Askren in UFC. I’ve been a big fan of Askrens MMA game for a long time and even more of a fan of his Twiter game of late. He’s did a great job at getting his name out there.
Tyron Woodley defends his title against Kamaru Usman, and Cody Garbrant faces off against Pedro Munhoz.
It should be a great card with Diego Sanchez vs Mickey Gall on the undercard as well.
Here’s the betting tips:
UFC 235 Bets:
Anthony Smith to defeat Jon Jones Inside Distance. Here’s the deal – I really don’t think Smith can beat Jones. Jones is one of the best fighters in the history of MMA and is a freak. In saying that, you do have to wonder how good he is, and just how juiced up he has been as well.
He’s under the microscope and I’ve got to hope he isn’t juicing up now but you never know how that could affect things. Hell even if he is – remember that weak performance against OSP.
I think there’s enough of a chance that Smith could beat Jones but if he does it wouldn’t be by decision. I’d say if he is to win, a TKO/KO is more likely and that’s +1100 however he has enough submission finishes in his history for me to go with this one.
I don’t think it’ll happen, but at +755 odds, I think it has value.
Robbie Lawler to win. Another one where I think the guy deserves to be the underdog but I also think there is a chance. Askren hasn’t fought since November 2017. That’s a long layoff. It also can be tough for fighters when they are hyped and go into a new promotion. Look at the many UFC fighters who have failed their first fight in Bellator.
Robbie Lawler is a tough, tough guy. He’s been in a lot of wars and he’s also not fought since December 2017 but he’s someone I’ve learned not to ever count out. He has solid takedown defence and remebmer that Rory struggled to take him down.
This is another one where I feel the underdog deserves to be the underdog, but there’s still value on him. Won’t surprise me if Askren DOES take him down and does his thing for 15 minutes but the odds make it worth it in my opinion.
Jeremy Stephens to win. +205 odds and I’m fine with that. Zabit is a beast but Stephens is an excellent fighter and Zabits toughest test yet.
Cody Garbrandt to win. Two losses in a row to TJ have been tough for Cody. I think that’s why we are getting value in him here as no-one knows if he can bounce back. It sucks to be woken up to the fact that you’re just not the best or that there is someone better than you. But take the TJ fights out of the equation and this is a bet you’d make all day. I’m good with the risk. I like Cody he is resilient.