Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (25-1, 10 KOs, 6 SUBs) will defend the title against undefeated Dominick Reyes (12-0, 7 KOs, 2 SUBs) at UFC 247 on Saturday, February 8, 2019 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
- Date & Time
- February 8th, 2020 10:00pm
- Toyota Center in Houston, Texas
- Media Coverage
For more than a decade, Jon Jones loomed as the final challenge for any light heavyweight searching for greatness. This Saturday, the undefeated Dominic Reyes will be the man hoping to hand the champion his first loss.
Any fight featuring Jones comes with the requisite mention that he is arguably the greatest fighter of all time. In 26 fights, he’s never been bested inside the octagon, with a resume that includes wins over Daniel Cormier, Shogun Rua, Rampage Jackson and every other 205-pounder that rose up through the ranks. More impressively is how he’s dominated nearly everyone put in front of him, to the point where he lapped the division years ago.
Dana White is struggling to find credible challengers who Jones hasn’t faced yet. In a thin, aging division, any young-ish fighter on a multi-fight winning streak is fair game. Reyes fits the bill, with an unblemished record and victories over solid competition like OSP, Volkan Oezdemir and Chris Weidman. On top of that, Reyes is a long, rangy athlete with knockout power. At 205, that’s good enough.
Our top five UFC online sportsbooks opened with Jones as a heavy -425 favorite, and Reyes at +307 on the comeback. The early action has been behind the champ for the past few weeks, driving his line down 30 points. Let’s take a look at our top-rated UFC sportsbooks and break down your best betting options. Live UFC betting is also available to make bets during the fight as needed.
UFC 247 Odds
Jon Jones -465
Fight goes/doesn’t go to decision: +180 / -260
Significant Striking Stats
Strikes landed per minute: Jones 4.31 / Reyes 5.05
Striking accuracy: Jones 57% / Reyes 52%
Strikes absorbed per minute: Jones 2.03 / Reyes 2.27
Striking defense: Jones 65% / Reyes 58%
Takedowns per 15 minutes: Jones 1.9 / Reyes 0.4
Takedown accuracy: Jones 46% / Reyes 16%
Takedown defense: Jones 95% / Reyes 85%
Submissions per 15 minutes: Jones 0.48 / Reyes 0.4
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Despite being a huge underdog, Reyes has no qualms getting under the champ’s skin with trash talk. Then again, it doesn’t take much to piss off the champ. Maybe The Devastator thinks it’ll give him an emotional advantage, but the consensus here is that it probably won’t matter - there is a massive chasm between the two.
There is one caveat: Jones is coming off the closest fight of his career. He barely got by Thiago Santos in a split decision that many thought he lost. And Santos was fighting on one good leg. The Gustafsson fight was close as well, but it’s well known that Bones didn’t even train for that matchup. Was the Santos fight a sign that the champ is finally starting to fade at 32? This happens to be a sport where a division can catch up extremely quickly.
UFC Odds Pick: Parlay Jones to win at -465
Even if Jones is starting to decline, he’d have to fall off a cliff to physically to lose to Reyes. Jones is a much more experienced striker and on another planet when it comes to grappling. There are just too many paths to victory for the champ here, and you can feel confident enough to parlay his money line to win with another bet. If Reyes barely beat Oezdemir, what do you think Jones is gonna do?
UFC Odds Pick: Jones to win by submission
Reyes is a very good fighter, but he hasn’t been tested by an elite wrestler yet (Weidman is a middleweight so he doesn’t count). We don’t know how good Reyes’ grappling is, but we do know that the champ is a wizard when it comes to takedowns and unorthodox submissions. There’s an excellent chance that Jones locks something up, whether it’s through his wrestling or off a big hit. At this price, we’ll take a small chance.
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