Home > MMA Betting > MMA News > UFC 235: Jones vs. Smith
UFC 235: Jones vs. Smith Betting
UFC 235 takes place on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card airs live on pay-per-view starting 10pm ET.
The UFC’s first tentpole event of 2019 is coming together nicely. Two championship headline UFC 235 in Las Vegas, with Jon Jones and Tyron Woodley defending their respective titles.
Jones is jumping back into the cage less than three months after reclaiming the belt with a knockout win over Alexander Gustafsson. It appears that he’s wasting no time resuming an all-time great career, which makes sense as he has a few more prime years left.
Woodley isn’t getting Colby Covington (like he asked for), but he gets an arguably tougher opponent in Kamaru Usman. It’ll be interesting to see how Woodley fares against a wrestler that’s considered his equal - something that we can only say about a handful of men.
For a long time, Ben Askren was the best fighter to never have stepped foot inside the octagon. Despite an 18-0 record and titles in Bellator and One FC, the folkstyle wrestler’s beef with Dana White kept him from competing in the best MMA organization in the world.
But now, after an unprecedented “trade” between UFC and One FC, Askren will finally get the chance to prove that he’s one of the best in the world. Dana White and WME are wasting no time unwrapping their shiny new toy, throwing him onto a pay-per-view main event in his debut. His opponent? Former welterweight champion and certified face rearranger Robbie Lawler.
We love this matchup. With Askren aging out of his prime, there’s no point in wasting time with warmup fights. Based on his resume alone, he’s already a contender in a loaded welterweight division. Lawler sat out all of 2018, but he’s one of the most battle-hardened veterans of the game and will test Askren’s durability, endurance and heart - this is a man that is right at home inside the woodchipper.
Also on this card is Holly Holm, one of the biggest stars of women’s MMA. “The Preacher’s Daughter” will reprise her role as hype killer against undefeated Aspen Ladd, whose scored early TKOs in both her UFC fights so far.
The rest of the cards is still being filled out, but take a look at the scheduled UFC 235 fights below, and make sure to check in during fight week for in-depth betting previews on how to bet online. UFC odds from BookMaker.eu are typically released on Monday before each event - though major fights are usually available much earlier. Live UFC betting at BookMaker.eu is also available to hedge any of your bets as well.
UFC 235 Lineup (Subject to change and additions)
Main Event, Light Heavyweight Championship - Jon Jones -800 vs. Anthony Smith +400
Co-Main Event, Welterweight Championship - Tyron Woodley -170 vs. Kamaru Usman +130
Welterweight - Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler
Light Heavyweight - Misha Cirkunov vs. Ovince St. Preux
Women’s Bantamweight - Holly Holm vs. Aspen Ladd
Featherweight - Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Jeremy Stephens
Women’s Featherweight - Tecia Torres vs. Weili Zhang
Welterweight - Mickey Gall vs. Diego Sanchez
Bet on UFC 235 Odds at BookMaker.eu
Smith gets the call to face the GOAT, but does anybody expect him to have a chance at upsetting a pissed of Bones? To be honest, it seems like Smith only got the opportunity because he was the highest ranked guy that Jones hadn’t faced yet.
Though we’re not getting the grudge match between Covington and Woodley, Usman is a worthy adversary. With their wrestling ability cancelling each other out, this should be a high stakes game of adjustments, and T-Wood is one of the smartest fighters in the business.
For years, Dana White insisted that Ben Askren was “too boring” for the UFC. It’s true that his fights don’t have much striking action, but GSP was one of MMA’s biggest stars and he was largely a dominant wrestler. At some point, winning trumps brawling - if you’re good enough, people want to watch you.
Of course, this is all about whether Lawler can keep this fight standing, where his bone-crushing power comes into play. Askren’s been such a good wrestler that he never really had to fill out the other aspects of his game, and it’ll be interesting to see how far his one-dimensional style can take him.
Aspen Ladd is one of the few women’s bantamweights with true knockout power, and that alone makes her bear monitoring. But she’s gonna be throwing hands with a former world champion boxer who specializes in nullifying offense. Holm was supposed to lose to Muay Thai specialist Megan Anderson, but she ended up stifling the prospect. We’d expect Holm to be in the favorite in the online sportsbook.
More Zabit Magomedsharipov, please. The dude is a wildman in the ring, in the mold of Tony Ferguson and Yair Rodriguez. Whether he’s throwing some crazy spinning strikes or rolling opponents into modified leg locks, you just never know what’s gonna happen when he fights. He’s quickly climbing the featherweight ranks, and Max Holloway could use some fresh challengers. Jeremy Stephens is a gatekeeper, but a very good one who separates the contenders from the pretenders.
Stay Tuned for Fight Odds and Updates
Make sure to check the fight odds at BookMaker.eu for all your available betting options. For pay-per-view cards, odds usually release early for the bigger fights. In fact, you can bet on some fight odds right now. Odds for the entire card are generally available on Monday of fight week.
And during fight week, keep an eye out for our in-depth betting guides that we post during that time as well! You’ll find detailed analyses for fights, common sense betting picks and underdog specials to help you win some cash before the night’s over.
Log into BookMaker Sportsbook and get the best MMA Betting Odds, MMA Betting Articles and information about this and all other sports betting events!