UFC 235: Jones vs. Smith Handicapping Tips and Betting Picks
This week we are headed back to Las Vegas, Nevada for UFC 235.
The card is being held at the T-Mobile Arena and will get started at about 6:30 PM on Saturday Evening on UFC Fight Pass.
The card is split up between UFC Fight Pass, ESPN and Pay-Per-View. Currently, there are 4-fights on the Early Prelims and Prelims, and 5-fights on the Main Card.
UFC 235 Fight Card
Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith – UFC LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT
Tyron Woodley vs. Kamaru Usman – UFC WELTERWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT
Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler
Tecia Torres vs. Zhang Weili
Cody Garbrandt vs. Pedro Munhoz
Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Jeremy Stephens
Johnny Walker vs. Misha Cirkunov
Cody Stamann vs. Alejandro Perez
Diego Sanchez vs. Mickey Gall
Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Charles Byrd
Gina Mazany vs. Macy Chiasson
Marlon Vera vs. Frankie Saenz
Polyana Viana vs. Hannah Cifers
UFC 235 Feature Handicapping Fight
Our feature fight for UFC 235 from a betting standpoint is in the Welterweight Division between Diego Sanchez and Mickey Gall. This fight is scheduled for three 5-minute rounds in the Welterweight Division.
Mickey Gall is 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the UFC. Gall was brought in as a handpicked opponent for CM Punk. That didn’t go like the UFC thought it would and since then, he has sort of picked out who he wants to fight based on styles. He fought Sage Northcutt knowing he had no ground game, same with George Sullivan. He was offered Randy Brown and reality is he shouldn’t have been in that fight, as Brown exposed him in the striking and at times, made him look very green. Now, he has called out Diego Sanchez, who has nearly 7 times the amount of fights as Mickey has, in Diego Sanchez.
Diego Sanchez is 28-11 in his career and is now fighting at Welterweight, after spending the majority of his fighting career at either 145 or 155. Sanchez made the decision to stop cutting weight, as he felt that it was taking away from his power and stamina in the fight. In his last fight, Sanchez faced an opponent in Craig White, who he felt was disrespectful in kissing him at the weigh-ins. Sanchez made White look absolutely foolish and won a 3 round decision. There were many times that Sanchez probably could have finished White but made him suffer by going three rounds and taking him into deep waters.
This fight is one of those where Mickey Gall has been calling for since he beat CM Punk but this is one of those spots where you have to watch what you ask for because you just might get it. From a styles standpoint, this game is a complete mismatch for Gall and I seriously don’t know why he would ask for this fight.
Gall is a submission guy but the problem is no one submits Diego Sanchez. You have one guy, Sanchez, that has never lost by submission, going up against one guy, Gall, that has never one by KO/TKO. This one really makes no sense to me. I personally know Mickey but you can’t bet with your heart. I’m jumping on Sanchez early here.
Spooky Express Free Play
Diego Sanchez +235
Other Betting Picks For UFC 235
Zabit Magomedsharipov over Jeremy Stephens – Magomedsharipov has shown time and time again that he is on another level compared to the competition. Stephens is coming off a 1st round loss to Jose Aldo, who in many respects doesn't have as good of striking as Zabit. The reach of Zabit is going to be a big concern for Stephens and I look for Zabit to finish Stephens early in this fight. Take Zabit -225.
Anthony Smith over Jon Jones – OK, now first and foremost, don’t go crazy with this play. This is a +700 play for a reason. Jon Jones is one of the greatest fighters in the world but anyone is able to be beaten and Anthony Smith is a very dangerous fight for Jones. Smith isn’t going to allow Jones hype to get into his head and that is 75% of the battle. Smith is experienced, he has nearly twice as many fights as Jones does and it seriously wouldn’t shock me to see Smith pull off the unthinkable!