JON JONES is back into the Octagon on Saturday night when he defends his UFC light-heavyweight title against Anthony Smith.
It’ll be the 31-year-old’s second fight in just two months, following his win over Alexander Gustafsson in December.
AP:Associated Press Jon Jones and his opponent Anthony Smith
When is UFC 235?
UFC 235 takes place on Saturday, March 2.
The action gets underway from 11.15pm with the early prelims.
The T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas plays host to the stacked card this weekend.
What TV channel and live stream is it on?
BT Sport 2 will be showing the event live from 1am showing the prelims and the main card.
The show will also be live streamed on BT Sport’s App and website for subscribers.
The early prelims from 11.15pm will be shown on the UFC FightPass App.
Alternatively, you can follow ALL of the action with SunSport’s live blog right here.
What are the odds?
Jon Jones: 1/10
Anthony Smith: 5/1
Fight to go the distance: 5/1
Jon Jones to win by KO: 20/29
Anthony Smith to to win by KO: 10/1
All odds from Sportnation.bet
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What have they said?
Jones: “Every champion has his own stories, and mine have been difficult. I’ve definitely made things harder on myself. But whether the adversity is self-inflicted or not, I’m just here for the challenge.”
Smith: “I would venture to guess it’s going to be really hard for me to stay humble talking to Joe Rogan afterwards, because the outpouring of hatred has been incredible.
“It doesn’t necessarily bother me too much, but it is a little bit shocking. Like, how so many people can care so much one way or the other just blows my mind. But there is a little bit of the ‘sticking it to the haters’ feeling there, for sure.”
Who is Anthony Smith?WHILE facing Jon Jones is a massive jump in class for the 30-year-old America, he is currently ranked #3 in the UFC light-heavyweight rankings.
‘Lionheart’ started his MMA career fighting for local promtions in the midwestern United States back in 2008, and made his UFC debut in June 2013.
He has also fought for Bellator.
In total he has had 44 MMA fights, with 31 wins and 13 losses.
His last two UFC fights – victories against Volkan Oezdemir and Mauricio Shogun Rua – saw him win the Performance of the Night accolade.
What is the full fight card?
Early prelims (from 11.15pm)Edmen Shahbazyan vs Charles Byrd (middleweight)Gina Mazany vs Macy Chiasson (Women’s bantamweight)Marlon Vera vs Frankie Saenz (Bantamweight)Polyana Viana vs Hannah Cifers (Women’s Strawweight)
Preliminary card (from 1am)Jeremy Stephens vs Zabit Magomedsharipov (Featherweight)Misha Cirkunov vs Johnny Walker (Light heavyweight)Cody Stamann vs Alejandro Perez (Bantamweight)Diego Sanchez vs Mickey Gall (Welterweight)
Main Card (from 3am)Jon Jones vs Anthony Smith (Light heavyweight)Tyron Woodley vs Kamaru Usman (Welterweight)Robbie Lawler vs Ben Askren (Welterweight)Tecia Torres vs Weli Zhang (Women’s strawweight)Cody Garbrandt vs Pedro Munhoz (Bantamweight)