Anthony Smith will compete for his first UFC title Saturday when he faces light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in the main event at UFC 235 in Las Vegas.
Smith (31-13), who grew up in Nebraska City and lives in Omaha, joined UFC in 2016 and gets his title shot after three straight stoppage victories in the thin 205-pound division.
He’ll be the underdog against Jones (23-1), who has been dogged by a number of positive doping tests in the past few years.
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