Jones Heavy Favorite Over Slugger Santos for UFC Title Fight

  • UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones will face challenger Thiago Santos in a Light HW title fight.
  • Jon Jones averages 2.07 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time while Santos averages a 67% takedown defense.
  • Jon Jones is a -600 favorite for this title matchup while Thiago Santos sits as a +400 underdog.

LAS VEGAS – The UFC will feature its next Light Heavyweight title fight with the LHW Champion and Pound for Pound King Jon “Bones” Jones, facing challenger Thiago “Maretta” (The Sledgehammer) Santos. Santos comes into the bout as the #2 Light Heavyweight in the UFC.

The title match is projected to be a mixture of brute aggression from Santos and calculated technique and precision from the Jones. Santos' last three wins have come by knockout. The Brazilian slugger sports an aggressive knockout style of striking with 58% of his significant strikes targeted towards the head.

Jon Jones’ fighting style consists of a variety of strikes while using his 84.50-inch reach on his opponents. His striking strategy changes each fight while still favoring kicks to the knee, jabs, and elbows.

Thiago Santos' primary weapon of choice is striking. He averages 5.01 significant strikes landed per minute while his average fight time is 6:38. Jones averages 14:31 in fight time, and the Light Heavyweight Champion also averages 2.07 takedowns per 15 minutes in the octagon. Santos, a brawler known for heavy striking with little defense averages 67% takedown defense.

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According to Bovada, Jon Jones is a -600 favorite to win the bout. Thiago Santos is currently a +400 underdog for the title fight. Sports bettors looking to place money on the match could win big if Santos comes out with the upset.

Jones has fought challenging strikers, Alexander Gustafsson, and Lyoto Machida, and Vitor Belfort, beating all three. He has also fought heavy hitters, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, and Glover Teixeira, beating both as well.

USAOnlineSportsbooks noticed ports bettors may see no money from a Jones win unless they opt for a various prop bet such as a TKO win by elbows, or a finish via rear-naked choke submission. The UFC 239 Light Heavyweight Championship: Jones vs Santos will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada in the T-Mobile Arena on July 6, 2019.