The Jon Jones era in the light heavyweight division is back in full swing, as the champ will defend his belt against rising contender Anthony Smith at UFC 235 on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. In a surprising twist, it will be the first time in Jones' 19-fight UFC career in which he has faced an opponent younger than he is.
Smith, 30 (born July 26, 1988), will enter the cage just over a year younger than Jones, 31 (born July 19, 1987), meaning Jones will lack the youth advantage that has been wind in his sails as he cruised through the generally older division of competition.
Meanwhile, Tyron Woodley is facing probably the best wrestler he has seen in his six title appearances, making his own dominant skill set potentially less so. With two champions putting their belts on the line as betting favorites, the question is whether either is due for an upset.