UFC 247 Betting: Jones vs. Reyes

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UFC 247 is being held Feb. 8 at the Toyota Center in Houston. The card is headlined by a main event that is a light heavyweight battle between Jon Jones and Dominick Reyes.

Main Event Odds: Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes

The odds* for UFC 247 betting between Jon Jones and Dominick Reyes are currently at:

Fighter to winBet on these odds
Jones-440
Reyes+340

* odds subject to change

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Main Event Matchup

When you think about legends that have played in certain sports, certain names come to mind. In the UFC, “Bones” Jones (25-1-0) is one of these legendary names.

He has been considered one of the best fighters we have ever seen. With a striking accuracy of 58 percent and a grappling accuracy of 47 percent, his ability to handle himself is outstanding in any situation.

Jones’ success has relied on an all-around fighting game. He is well balanced in every way possible. On top of his resume, he has a 95 percent takedown defense and has an 84.5-inch reach. You could not ask for a more well-rounded and dangerous fighter.

“The Devastator” Reyes (12-0-0) has been on a remarkable run. He is the fourth-best fighter in the light heavyweight division. He is motivated to keep moving up the ranks.

His success has transferred to six wins by knockout and three first-round finishes. This guy loves to throw punches and has a striking accuracy of 57 percent and a grappling accuracy of 17 percent. His reach extends out to 77 inches, and he lands about five signature strikes a minute.

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Co-Main Event Odds: Valentina Shevchenko vs. Katlyn Chookagian

The odds for the co-main event are currently at:

Fighter to winBet on these odds
Shevchenko-1050
Chookagian+660

* odds subject to change

Co-Main Event Matchup

“Bullet” Shevchenko (18-3-0) has made a name for herself this far in her career. She is a dangerous striker, having a striking accuracy of 50 percent and a grappling accuracy of 51 percent.

Her fighting resume has been a well-balanced combination of wins, and she can claim a victory in any category she wants. Her reach extends to 67 inches, which is a slight concern against most opponents taller and longer than her.

“Blonde Fighter” Chookagian (13-2-0) has her fighting style locked down and is known for fighting the right way to earn her points. You can define her as a defensive fighter that is good at striking back, with the majority of her wins coming by decision with a well-balanced fighting style.

She has a striking accuracy of 38 percent and nothing to show for grappling accuracy. Her takedown defense is also lacking at 57 percent, so a well-versed submission fighter could damage her. She tends to want to keep the fight standing and retaliate with punches. The only downfall, potentially later in her career, is her ground game.

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Heavyweight Bout Odds: Juan Adams vs. Justin Tafa

The odds for UFC 247 betting on the match between Juan Adams and Justin Tafa are currently at:

Fighter to winBet on these odds
Adams-270
Tafa+220

* odds subject to change

Heavyweight Bout Matchup

“The Kraken” Adams (5-2-0) has started his career off with an impressive five knockout wins. He has a great striking accuracy of 60 percent and a grappling accuracy of 100 percent (only 2 of 2 attempts successfully landed).

Adams is light on his feet for a heavyweight and tends to strike heavily. He lands about 7.84 significant strikes a minute and has a takedown defense of 80 percent.

“Bad Man” Tafa (3-1-0) has also started his career off strong with three straight knockout wins. There is not a lot of information going forward about his fighting style since he has heavily relied on knockout wins.

Tafa is quick on his feet and can land some dangerous kicks that could stun his opponents. Both of these fighters present interesting fights since they both love to knock out their opponents.

Featherweight Bout Odds: Mirsad Bektic vs. Dan Ige

The odds for this featherweight bout are currently at:

Fighter to winBet on these odds
Bektic-142
Ige+120

* odds subject to change

Featherweight Bout Matchup

Bektic (13-2-0) is a great striker and aggressor in the octagon. He has a 47 percent striking accuracy and a 53 percent grappling accuracy. More than half of his wins have come by knockout.

He also has a 100 percent takedown defense and lands close to three signature strikes a minute. He tends to work his opponents with constant strikes and wait for a heavy hit to finish them off.

Ige (12-2-0) is another great striker but not as aggressive as Bektic. He has a striking accuracy of 48 percent and a grappling accuracy of 27 percent. The lack of success in grappling does cause some concern, but he has been successful so far in his fights without it.

He has a takedown defense of 60 percent and lands about 3.92 signature strikes a minute. Ige is very good at counter-striking and making his opponents pay for their mistakes.

Heavyweight Bout Odds: Derrick Lewis vs. Ilir Latifi

The odds for this heavyweight bout are currently at:

Fighter to winBet on these odds
Lewis-240
Latifi+198

* odds subject to change

Heavyweight Bout Matchup

“The Black Beast” Lewis (22-7-0) is currently ranked sixth in the heavyweight division. Of his 22 wins, 18 have come by knockout. He has a 50 percent striking accuracy and a 24 percent grappling accuracy.

He also has a takedown defense of 53 percent and lands about 2.69 signature strikes a minute. In his last fight, Lewis had gotten in better shape and appeared to conserve energy when he needed.

If he continues to fight smarter, this could greatly benefit him down the road, as opposed to being a heavy swinger and risking running out of energy.

“The Sledgehammer” Latifi (14-7-0) is the 12th-best fighter in the light heavyweight division and is making his debut in the heavyweight division. He has six wins by knockout and five by submission.

He has a striking accuracy of 41 percent and a grappling accuracy of 31 percent. He has a 100 percent takedown defense and lands close to 2.30 signature strikes a minute.

He tends to be a defensive fighter and looks to grapple instead of returning a lot of punches.

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Potential UFC 247 Winning Picks

  • Jon Jones by KO/TKO – I think Jones is going to be too much to handle here.
  • Valentina Shevchenko by Decision – Her matchup here is in her favor. She could land some dangerous strikes in this one.
  • Juan Adams by KO/TKO – I am giving Adams the benefit of the doubt for this one. I think he has a more complete package.
  • Mirsad Bektic by Submission – If Bektic has a well-balanced fight, then this victory is his. However, he should definitely be prepared for a tough fight with Ige.
  • Derrick Lewis by KO/TKO – Lewis has very strong knockout power and is fighting against someone new to the weight class. This one should be interesting, but I think Lewis will handle himself here.

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