UFC Made Right Call Booking Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith For UFC 235
UFC mild heavyweight champion Jon Jones has not fought fairly often the final couple of years due to his points with USADA, however 2019 seems prefer it might be a giant 12 months for the three-time champ. TMZ reported over the weekend that Jones, who simply knocked out Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232, will make a fast turnaround when he fights Anthony Smith at UFC 235 on March 2 in Las Vegas. UFC president Dana White informed reporters on the UFC 232 post-fight press convention that he wished Jones to remain busy this 12 months, and it seems that Jones needs to do the identical.
After taking little or no harm within the Gustafsson rematch, Jones is wholesome and able to go, and the UFC did the good factor right here by giving him a fast turnaround. The reality is, the promotion was having a tough time determining the primary occasion for UFC 235. With points surrounding Nick Diaz and his battle towards Jorge Masvidal simply disappearing off the calendar, the UFC wanted a giant battle on this card. The promotion has had points reserving UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley towards both Kamaru Usman or Colby Covington, however after asserting the Jones vs. Smith battle the UFC acquired Woodley and Usman to signal on the dotted line. A card that was wanting like it will be Woodley vs. Covington and Diaz vs. Masvidal now has Jones vs. Smith and Woodley vs. Usman as its prime two bouts. That ought to imply extra pay-per-view buys, which makes everybody completely satisfied.
For the UFC matchmakers, reserving Smith for the title battle towards Jones was completely the precise name. Though Corey Anderson picked up a high quality win over Ilir Latifi at UFC 232 and has been calling out Jones on social media currently, Smith has far an excessive amount of momentum for the UFC to disregard, and the promotion made the good move to provide him the title battle. Since shifting as much as mild heavyweight in June, Smith has completed Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Rashad Evans and Volkan Oezdemir. He seems to be like a totally totally different fighter at 205lbs and is a contemporary matchup for Jones, making him the logical selection for the UFC to ebook him towards Jones subsequent. The UFC is seeking to have a monster fiscal 12 months within the opening season of the UFC period, and Jones is likely one of the few confirmed PPV attracts within the firm. At this level, Jones vs. anybody would promote on PPV, however Smith deserved the shot greater than anybody.
Does Smith have an opportunity is a distinct query fully. Pretty much as good as he has checked out mild heavyweight, you’ll be able to’t ignore the actual fact Smith has been completed 12 instances in his MMA profession, together with eight knockout losses and 4 submission defeats. Jones is basically undefeated in his profession and has defeated one of the best of the sunshine heavyweight division for greater than a decade now. USADA points apart, Jones might be essentially the most proficient blended martial artist of all time. He finishes fights, and Smith goes to must work actually arduous to remain off of the mat, which is the place Jones does most of his harm.
Smith does have a puncher’s likelihood and has proven off his knockout energy all through his profession, however you’d have to provide Jones a giant benefit in nearly each space of the battle. Nonetheless, Jones vs. Smith is a brand-new matchup and it needs to be an entertaining bout for so long as it lasts. Coupled with Woodley vs. Usman, plus Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler and Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Jeremy Stephens, UFC 235 seems to be prefer it’s shaping as much as be one other must-watch PPV from the world’s main MMA promotion.