We’re just two weeks away from yet another UFC pay-per-view event when current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones will defend his title against Dominick Reyes.
Odds have already been released for this event so; sharp bettors can take advantage of the early lines. Jon Jones has obviously opened up as the heavy favorite as he does in the majority of his bouts. Make sure you’re on top of the odds by comparing outlets with this Intertops review.
Jon Jones (-400) vs Dominick Reyes (+350)
Light Heavyweight Title Bout
UFC 247 main event takes place on Saturday, 8th February live from The Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
The long-awaited return of Jon Jones hasn’t been so long this time around. The champ is back to regularly scheduled programming so UFC fans are blessed to see their Light Heavyweight Champion get back to defending his title on a regular basis. With both fighters holding different goals, the mind-sets of each are naturally going to differ, but one thing they both have in common is the will to walk away with the win.
Jon Jones has been putting on breathtaking performances for over a decade and has been a champion for the majority of that time. He became the youngest UFC champion with a huge stoppage over Hall of Famer Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua. In more recent times, Jones more known for his heated rivalry with fellow UFC fighter and former UFC Heavy & Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.
At The End of the Day
This fight could be a true test for Jones, or he could get the job done within the first round. Jones is just that damn talented; when he shows up, he puts on the performance of a lifetime and when he doesn’t show up, he puts on the performance of a lifetime. Understand, that since the crafting between Greg Jackson, Mike Winkeljohn and Jones was put in place, all those years ago at Jackson-Wink MMA academy, nobody has been able to solve the puzzle that is Jon Jones and I doubt a fighter with 12 professional fights is going to be the savior Jones haters are waiting for.
I expect another master class from Jones, I can’t envision a way forward for the very green Dominick Reyes and let’s be honest, in a division that is lacking talent… claiming a title has become easier than in most other weight classes. I don’t blame the UFC for wanting to mix it up with the big boys; the repeated fights can’t be achieved in a division that just doesn’t have enough world-class talent.
Jones no doubt, is going to school Reyes in the world of elite MMA. I can see multiple paths to victory for the champ so pin-pointing the outcome isn’t an easy one. Gun to my head, Jones defeats Reyes by submission and puts him back in the high light reel talks.
UFC 247 MAIN EVENT PREDICTION: JON JONES DEFEATS DOMINICK REYES
Valentina ‘The Bullet’ Shevchenko vs Kaitlyn Chookagian
Female Flyweight Title Bout
UFC 247 co-main event takes place on Saturday, 8th February live from The Toyota Center in Houston, Texas
Since the tender age of 5, Valentina has been swinging fists with the opposition. The Ukrainian native will defend her UFC Flyweight title with nothing but confidence oozing from her fight camp when considering her recent performances. From humble beginnings and with a martial arts history dating back 26 years, she’ll be hunting for another highlight-reel KO in her bout against Katlyn Chookagian.
Katlyn Chookagian has been campaigning for her opportunity at UFC gold with an impressive record since 2016. A 6-2 record and currently riding a two-fight win streak has put her in the position to walk away from the Toyota Arena as the new Flyweight champion.
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At The End of the Day
We’re going to see a striking battle and most probably another lob-sided victory for the defending champion. Let’s not kid ourselves, the UFC is desperate for Flyweight title contenders and if it wasn’t for Valentina, the division would be in jeopardy.
The game-changer for me will simply be the lack of high level of opposition for Shevchenko, the bookmakers have set the line at -1000 and in all honesty, that’s fair. It’s not the type of juice you want to be laying on a female Flyweight contest, but still… more than fair.
Much like Jones, Shevchenko should easily dictate where her fight will take place. If she wants to stand and strike, she will and if she wants to take it to ground, she will. We could be handed two main event high light reel finishes at UFC 247 so be sure to tune in.