Jon Jones vs. Brock Lesnar opening odds: 'Bones' is a very healthy betting favorite

Oddsmakers like Jon Jones’ chances if he moves up to heavyweight for a potential bout with WWE star and former UFC champion Brock Lesnar.

Despite no immediate plans for either MMA notable to return to the octagon, chatter about a possible fight has heated up in the past week. According to Dana White, Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has expressed interest in fighting Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC), and the UFC boss is fairly confident he’ll work out a deal with the 40-year-old big man – whether it’s against Jones or another heavyweight.

Like Lesnar, Jones is also on the sidelines due to a failed drug test and facing an uncertain MMA future. But the mere possibility of the Lesnar matchup, which would require former longtime light-heavyweight titleholder Jones to move up a weight class, has gotten some folks – including oddsmakers – in speculation mode.

So, one sports book, Bovada, has posted opening lines for the possible bout:

Jon Jones: -350 (2/7)

Brock Lesnar: +260 (13/5)

As of today, that opening line hasn’t budged.

At those odds, a winning $100 bet on 30-year-old Jones would result in a net profit of $28.57 (implied win probability of 77.8 percent). A winning $100 bet on Lesnar, meanwhile, would net a profit of $260 (27.8 percent win probability).

Jones is one of the 205-pound division’s bigger fighters, but the last time Lesnar fought – at UFC 200 in July 2016 – he hit the upper limit of the heavyweight division and weighed 265.5 pounds.

Despite the size disadvantage, Jones, who’s won 13 straight fights (with one no-contest after he failed a UFC 214 drug test in 2017) remains a comfortable favorite.

While Lesnar is reportedly also under consideration to fight the winner of next month’s UFC 226 headliner between heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic (18-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) and light-heavyweight titleholder Daniel Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC), there’s no doubt a Jones-Lesnar event would be a pay-per-view blockbuster – even if the current odds suggest it’d be a bit of a mismatch.

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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