It is another big weekend of mixed martial arts when Las Vegas hosts UFC 239 in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The headline event sees Jon Jones face Thiago Santos while our UFC 239 predictions also focus on Holly Holm’s showdown with Amanda Nunes.

UFC 239 betting tips

Here are our picks from the UFC 239 odds and we also have a range of other UFC betting markets available.

If you want to combine both our UFC 239 tips, the odds are 32/1 for a winning double.

Jon Jones vs Thiago Santos

Jones is bidding to make a successful second defence of his light-heavyweight title when he takes on rank underdog Santos.

Arguably the greatest pound-for-pound fighter on the planet, Jones is set for his third bout in a little over six months, making up for lost time after more than a year out because of a doping suspension.

The 31-year-old recaptured his old 205lb strap at the back end of last year by stopping Alexander Gustafsson before outpointing Anthony Smith in March.

He told the UFC: “Michael Phelps is a 20-time Olympic champion. I want my daughters to be able to say my dad is a 20-time world champion.”

Jones is 6/5 in the UFC 239 odds to win by KO, TKO or disqualification at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night against a Brazilian opponent nicknamed The Sledgehammer.

Not for nothing has he earned that moniker. Fifteen of Santos’ 21 victories have come by stoppage, with Eryk Anders, Jimi Manuwa and Jan Blachowicz all feeling his wrath.

The 35-year-old has fought four times in the last 12 months and is 6/1 to cause a monumental upset, but he is not fazed by the challenge.

“I’m very happy for the opportunity,” said Santos. “I try to stay calm and relaxed, I’m just going about my business as usual.

“To me, it’s just another fight. I’m going to win and bring the belt home to Brazil.”

Jones has both a height and a reach advantage though and should have the technical ability to win this fight if he does not give Santos an opening.

With that in mind, Jones to win by decision is the first of our UFC 239 predictions at 9/2.

Amanda Nunes vs Holly Holm

On the undercard, Nunes drops back down to bantamweight to defend her belt against former titlist Holm, with the pair being the only fighters to have defeated Ronda Rousey.

Nunes became the first female in UFC history to hold championship belts in different divisions when she knocked out Cris Cyborg in 51 seconds to claim the featherweight title.

The 31-year-old Brazilian is 2/9 to seal an eighth consecutive win against a foe who has lost four of her last six contests.

Holm outpointed Megan Anderson last time out but has a tough task on her hands here and the BetStars Odds Boost of 4/5 for Nunes to win in the first five rounds looks a solid selection.

We’re looking for a bigger price though and Nunes to win in the second round at 5/1 completes our UFC 239 predictions.

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