Written by Chris Monti•
The Main Event – Jon Jones vs Dominick Reyes in UFC 247: Latest Odds and UFC Predictions
The UFC kicks off February with two titanic title fights in one night when the octagon takes a trip to UFC 247 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The first of the two fist-pumping showdowns is the women’s flyweight championship where Katlyn Chookagian hopes to usurp reigning flyweight powerhouse, Valentina Shevchenko, in the co-main event of the night.
Jon ‘Bones’ Jones will throw down fists with Dominick ‘The Devastator’ Reyes, which is a clear bang for your buck blockbuster main event. February is shaping up to be another colossal month for the sport and you can catch all the MMA predictions here at Bet Today USA.
Main Event: Jon Jones (-500) Vs. Dominick Reyes (+350)
Dominick Reyes will be next in line tasked with trying to stop the inimitable UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones. 'Bones' will be walking into this fight off the back of a 25-1-0 record. The light heavyweight champion is fighting for the first time since his win via split decision against Thiago Santos at UFC 239 last July.
Reyes is armed with an untarnished record — winning all of his 12 professional bouts with a bagful of confidence to accompany him. The ‘Devastator’ is coming off the back of a brutal win against Chris Weidman — knocking the American out in emphatic fashion cementing another impressive victory for the undefeated brawler.
Reyes brings to the fight his reach, length and athleticism. Reyes has the ability to cause a swing — possessing some serious firepower in the form of his two fists. The ‘Devastator’ is six years younger than Jones and is improving with every fight. The 30-year-old blue belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter also has the benefit of being undefeated, meaning he has no concept of a loss.
The MMA predictions show that Jones is the clear favourite to beat Reyes, but Jon won’t underestimate his dangerous opponent by any means. Make no mistake, Jones is the two-time light heavyweight champ and the sport’s reigning pound-for-pound king for a reason. His sublime organic blend of wrestling and martial arts is the jewel in his UFC crown and this unique form of fighting make him a nightmare to go toe-to-toe with.
Jones’ gears change when he is on the offensive, the American flourishes when he is on the attack. He also has a great defensive game in his locker and is capable of quick-strike counters to fend off any danger. Jones is still the outed favourite in this duel, but Reyes will be biding his time to find a weak underbelly to expose in what is shaping up to be fantastic main event showdown.
Katlyn Chookagian (+600) vs Valentina Shevchenko (-1000)
Shevchenko will be back in the eight walls of death to defend her Flyweight title against Chookagian after winning by unanimous decision against Liz Caramouche. Chookagian is coming off a hardened and well-fought win against Jennifer Maia, when they slugged it out last November at UFC 244.
‘The Blonde Fighter’ is currently the underdog according to UFC predictions and was awarded the title shot because of her sterling performance in her last five fights.
Shevchenko favours striking but also possesses an impressive ground game and submission record. ‘The Bullet’ holds a record of 18-0-3, 5 come from KO/TKO, 7 come from submission and 6 via decision. The only Achilles heel to Shevchenko’s game is her size, measuring 5’5 with a reach of 67 inches.
Chookagian, who has a record of 13-0-2 has found her form with a hard-earned win against Maia at UFC 244. Even though the ‘Blonde Fighter’ is the underdog in this showdown, her striking ability will be the crutch to transcend her to victory.
Chookagian is the clear underdog sitting at +600, so the value is enormous should a giant-killing occur. Shevchenko has had trouble in the past with opponents that are larger than herself, so the blueprint to beating the favorite will be outstriking and Chookagian utilising her weight to her advantage.
Juan Adams (-185) vs Justin Tafa (+145)
After beginning his pro career with five knockout wins, Juan 'The Kraken' Adams has been swallowing defeats of late, finding himself on a two-fight losing skid. Aiming to hand Adams a third straight defeat is Justin 'Bad Man' Tafa.
Tafa tasted the sour taste of defeat last October after suffering a first-round knockout loss against Yorgan De Castro. The two heavyweight giants have secured all their eight combine wins by knockout.
Tafa is a powerful heavyweight that owns a devastating high-kick which shellshock opponents on the other end, and despite his size is surprisingly nimble. Adams, on the other hand, has an aggressive fight game who refuses to give his foes much room to unroll out their strengths. 'The Kraken' works well with his jab and can pepper punches and straight strikes that overwhelms opponents.