UFC Vegas 28 – Fighter Spotlight: Mason Jones
By: Billy Brisbane (@gettin_BILLs_)
Mason Jones Fighter Accolades:
- – Number 1 LW in Europe
- – Number 5 WW in Europe
- – British National Champion judo
- – Welsh Champion in judo
- – Multiple BJJ regional & British championships
- – 3-0 professional boxing record
- – Both Lightweight / Welterweight Champion in Cage Warriors
The biggest betting favorite on the board for UFC Vegas 28 this week is former Cage Warriors Double Champ, Mason Jones. Before his UFC debut, he was an undefeated 10-0 prospect. The only previous Double Champ in the Cage Warriors organization is “The Notorious” Connor McGregor. The organization had enough confidence for his debut to be against UFC rising prospect Mike Davis who was 9-2, and his only losses were to Soadiq Yuseff (DWCS) and Gilbert Burns (UFC debut). Mike Davis opened up at a -250 favorite, and that line got steamed the opposite way down to -160 with a lot of money coming in on Jones after people started doing tape study, watching prediction videos, etc. While Jones did not come away with a victory that night, he did many things well and was definitely on my radar for the upcoming future. In the first round, the Welshman exhibited a high work rate, followed up by the same pace in the second round. Even with Mike Davis hitting coming in with some cracking shots, Jones showed the ability to be a dog, meaning just holding up a good chin and being the more durable fighter. The only concern I walked away with from that fight was the ability to counterpunch Jones so easily. The scorecards don’t really reflect how the fight actually went; Davis got a 30-27 Win on all three judges’ scorecards. Even though Jones didn’t get the win, he displayed an impressive striking performance. He landed a total of 117 strikes, 7.80 strikes per min with 7.20 strikes attempted per minute and 66% takedown defense. The public has felt the same way as they received UFC Fight of the Night on a loaded early morning Fight Island Card. And Tapology has currently ranked the bout the #2 Fight of the Year so far in 2021.
For this upcoming week, Mason Jones takes on Brazil’s Alan Patrick, who’s coming into this fight on a two-fight losing streak and could be a potential cut candidate if he drops this fight. As he’s getting older, there are more rising prospects moving up the ranks. There is a 12 year age difference between these two fighters and complete opposite fighting styles. Patrick may have the BJJ advantage, but I give the wrestling and UFC grappling advantage to Mason Jones. How I see this fight playing out is Mason Jones stuffing takedowns and landing volume on Patrick on the feet, or if he does get taken down, he should have the ability to get up pretty easily. The UFC debut was a tall task for anyone to accomplish, but I expect Jones to win this fight pretty easily, and he’ll be a core play for me on daily fantasy this week. When it comes to the sports betting aspect of it, this UFC Vegas 28 card has many close lines, which results in less confidence but ideal lines to bet on a fighter. Mason Jones is the top ticket liner for the parlay people like myself, and keep in mind UFC 263 is next week as well, with great parlay pieces across the board. I already locked up a 3 leg parlay of Mason Jones /Deiveson Figuerideo / Leon Edwards at +125 odds.
If you’re looking for a juicy odds size prop for this week’s card, I will be playing Mason Jones via 3rd round KO/TKO at +850. Make sure you follow @pubsportsradio on all social media and streaming platforms for the most up-to-date sports betting information and advice. My personal Twitter account is (@gettin_BILLs_), which is where you can find my full UFC Vegas 28 betting card.