08 February 2020 16:55
Jon Jones defends his light heavyweight title against the Devastator, Dominick Reyes in the main event of UFC 247. That's not going to be the only title fight as UFC has one more thriller planned for the fans. The flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko takes on Katlyn Chookagian in the co-main event. While Jon Jones has been dominating the light heavyweight division for a decade now, Shevchenko has not lost to anyone but the female GOAT, Amanda Nunes. Read: Attack Ruthlessly: Jon Jones gets a special message ahead of UFC 247 Jon Jones vs Dominick Reyes With an unbeaten record, Reyes believes he is invincible inside the octagon and he might give Jones the toughest fight of his life at UFC 247.
On the other hand, one of the biggest underdog on the card, Katlyn Chookagian takes on the Bullet, Valentina Shevchenko. Dominick Reyes is the latest light heavyweight in line to vie for Jon Jones' title, with the pair set to contest the main event of UFC 247 in Houston on Saturday. The card boasts another title fight in the co-main event. Valentina Shevchenko and Katlyn Chookagian square off in the penultimate bout, with Shevchenko's flyweight belt on the line. The main card is rounded out by two intriguing heavyweight bouts and prospect Mirsad Bektic's return from his loss to Josh Emmett.
Who could forget UFC 69, an event which saw the greatest upset in MMA history when Matt Serra shockingly finished Georges St-Pierre with strikes inside of a round to become welterweight champion? Alexander Gustafsson pushed Daniel Cormier to the limit in a light heavyweight title bout at UFC 192, and heavyweight king Cain Velasquez left no doubt at UFC 166 that the was the better man in his trilogy with Junior dos Santos, dominating "Cigano" and finishing him in the fifth. If the betting odds are any indication, fans may want to temper their expectations when it comes to the two title fights atop the UFC 247 card. Jon Jones, going for his third straight light heavyweight title defense (and 11th overall), takes on undefeated—and some would say unproven—challenger Dominick Reyes, while Valentina Shevchenko also goes for a third defense of her flyweight title against Katlyn Chookagian. In other main card action, heavyweight prospects Juan Adams and Justin Tafa look to make the most of a major opportunity, featherweights Mirsad Bektic and Dan Ige meet in what would should be a Fight of the Night frontrunner, and Derrick Lewis welcomes Ilir Latifi to the heavyweight division.
Unfortunately for Reyes, Jones's defense is near impenetrable, and even in fights where he appears to do little (Thiago Santos, Anthony Smith), his opponents still have to grind just to get points up on the board. There's nothing wrong with a young fighter expanding his game and it's understandable that Adams would try out some wrestling in his last fight against the stand-up focused Greg Hardy, but with his reach he has so much potential to be an effective fighter at range and Tafa is the perfect opponent for him to refine his skills against. It's no secret why this fight landed on the main card. Alex Morono def. Journey Newson def. UFC 247, headlined by the main event featuring Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes in a UFC heavyweight bout, takes place on Saturday, February 8, 2020 (2/8/20) at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The main card begins at 10 p.m. ET, while the preliminary fights begin at 8 p.m. ET and early prelims start at 6:30. Main Event: Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes, heavyweight Journey Newson, bantamweight Jon Jones can make another mark in the UFC history books when he defends his light heavyweight title against Dominick Reyes on Saturday night. Their clash headlines UFC 247 from the Toyota Center in Houston, with the main UFC 247 fight card set for 10 p.m. ET. In the co-main event on the UFC 247 card, women's flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko (-950) defends her belt against top-ranked challenger Katlyn Chookagian (+650). Before making any UFC 247 picks, check out the MMA predictions from SportsLine MMA expert Kyle Marley. At UFC Fight Night 166, Marley told SportsLine members that Angela Hill (-160) would defeat Hannah Cifers (+140) in a strawweight bout on the main card. Now, with UFC 247 fast approaching, Marley has carefully studied every matchup on the card, identified the best value in the UFC odds and released his MMA picks for every single fight. The MMA analyst said he believes Jones is "the greatest fighter to ever live," but also acknowledges that the underdog Reyes has enough knockout power to pose a threat. Reyes, 30, has shown ample athleticism, speed and power while winning his first six UFC bouts against respectable opponents including Weidman, Volkan Oezdemir and Jared Cannonier. You can get all of Marley's UFC 247 predictions here. For UFC Houston, Marley is backing Austin Lingo (-210) to get a stoppage win against Youssef Zalal (+175) in a featherweight clash. "Zalal is live for a finish, but Lingo is more likely to get the knockout or decision win." Jones, Shevchenko vs. Chookagian and every other bout on the UFC 247 card. He's backing one fighter who "has a lot more ways to win." Get every pick for every fight at SportsLine. Visit SportsLine now to get detailed picks on every fight at UFC 247, all from the expert who's up more than $19,000 on MMA in the past year, and find out. UFC 247 odds for every fight