Jon Jones looks to stretch his light heavyweight dominance into a new decade, while Dominick Reyes looks to pull off a stunning upset at UFC 247.
The UFC‘s top pound-for-pound male fighter, Jon Jones, will look to extend his reign as the king of the UFC’s light heavyweight division at UFC 247 in Houston, TX, as he defends against the undefeated Dominick Reyes.
Jones, despite several outside-the-cage troubles, has long been the face of the UFC’s 205-pound division, let alone the entire promotion, since winning his first UFC championship in 2011. In addition, with his only loss coming in a controversial disqualification, Jones may very well have a case at being the greatest MMA fighter of the 2010s, if not all-time. Jones’ second reign as light heavyweight champion began with a win over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232. He’s made two defenses of the belt thus far in this time frame, defeating Anthony Smith at UFC 235 and Thiago Santos at UFC 239.
Reyes, meanwhile, has shown devastating power since making his UFC debut in June 2017. The 12-0 “Devastator” has scored wins over the likes of Jared Cannonier, former interim title challenger Ovince Saint Preux, former title challenger Volkan Oezdemir and, most recently at UFC Boston, former middleweight champion Chris Weidman.
The co-main event sees the UFC women’s flyweight championship on the line, as Valentina Shevchenko defends against Katlyn Chookagian. Shevchenko won the title at UFC 231 and made successful defenses against Jessica Eye and Liz Carmouche last year. Chookagian, meanwhile, earned this title shot through wins over Joanne Calderwood and Jennifer Maia.
The rest of the main card sees action from Juan Adams, Mirsad Bektic and Derrick Lewis. The prelim bouts, meanwhile, will feature the likes of Trevin Giles, Lauren Murphy, Angela Lee, Andrew Ewell and more.
This article will take a look at UFC 247’s main card matchups and attempt to select a winner in each.