This Saturday night the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas hosts a thrilling card of mixed martial arts, with UFC 235. Some of the biggest stars in the sport will be taking to the octagon, including the controversial yet undeniably talented Jon ‘Bones’ Jones. previews some of the biggest fights and odds from this weekends’ UFC action.

Lawler v Askren

Robbie Lawler makes his much-anticipated return to the octagon since tearing his ACL against Rafael Dos Anjos in 2017. With over a year out injured, he faces a difficult matchup against former Bellator and ONE fighter Ben Askren. Askren makes his UFC debut against an entertaining Lawler. Lawler, the only fighter to win three consecutive ‘Fight of the Year’ awards, is usually good value for an entertaining brawl. In what should be an exciting confrontation of styles, Lawler is significant underdog at +230.

-295: Ben Askren moneyline to beat Robbie Lawler.

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Woodley v Usman

A championship bout with a title on the line, welterweight Tyron Woodley faces off against the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’, Kamaru Usman. Woodley hasn’t been completely convincing since claiming the welterweight belt from Lawler back in 2016. After a couple of decision wins and a fascinating draw against ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson, he despatched a clearly out of his depth Darren Till at UFC 228. Usman also hasn’t had a finish since 2017, but has shown himself to be a fearsome fighter in his own right. Whilst potentially not an all-out slug fest, this has fight of the night potential. Underdog Usman is +130.

-155: Tyron Woodley moneyline to beat Kamaru Usman.

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Jones v Smith

Jones’ greatest opponent is himself. With only one loss, and that being a disqualification, Jones is one of the greatest fighters the octagon has ever seen. However, regular problems with drug abuse have led to fans not seeing as much as they hoped from ‘Bones’. After claiming the vacant light-heavyweight belt at UFC 232, he returns to the ring to face challenger Anthony ‘Lionheart’ Smith. Smith is a seasoned operator, and has produced three good performances since moving up a weight division. Realistically, the only way Jon Jones loses this bout is if he makes an uncharacteristic mistake, and Smith is a big outside bet at +550, which could prove to be the upset of the night.

-1000: Jon Jones moneyline to beat Anthony Smith.

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