In terms of rankings points, striking differential and StrikeScore, Jones is far above the rest of the division. Cormier and Anthony Johnson seem to be his closest opposition, which makes sense, because they will likely be his next challengers.
Saint Preux will probably need a lot of luck to take home a victory over the former champion. If there is one glimmer of hope, it is in the power department. When it comes to sig strikes landed per knockout, Jones actually comes in 15th out of the 16 ranked UFC light heavyweights with 229. On the other hand, Saint Preux is 6th with a knockout every 67.5 sig strikes. Of course, Jones has always been hard to land against. During his UFC run, his opponents have only landed 34 percent of their sig strikes.
Fight Forecast previews the event by providing the fighter's career StrikeScore as well as UFC Fantasy predictions, betting odds, DraftKings prices and Fight Matrix rankings. In the following table, predicted winners are in blue and predicted losers are in red.
StrikeScore is a proprietary stat that measures striking efficiency. The formula uses Fightmetric data, so fighters without fights in the database are not included. Also, a fighter must have at least three fights in the database before the formula can considered at all predictive.
UFC Fantasy numbers are the percent of players who have picked each fighter to win. (Numbers are current as of 4/22/2016 2:15 PM EST)
Odds is the betting line of 5Dimes taken from BestFightOdds.com. (Numbers are current as of 4/22/2016 2:15 PM EST)
DraftKings prices listed below are the dollar value used for the fantasy game.
Fight Matrix column represents the fighter's current unbiased and objective ranking.