Jon ‘Bones’ Jones will defend his UFC light heavyweight belt against Dominick Reyes in the UFC 247 headliner at Toyota Center in Houston on Feb. 8.
The co-main event will feature women’s flyweight champion, Valentina ‘The Bullet’ Shevchenko, putting her strap on the line against No. 2 contender, Katlyn Chookagian.
BetOnline opened Jones as a -400 ‘chalk’ on Nov. 23, only to see those odds drop down to -300 within an hour. However, the odds moved back to -400 on Monday (11/25). Then on Tuesday afternoon, Jones was adjusted to a -450 favorite, leaving Reyes as a +350 underdog.
‘The Devastator’ is a 29-year-old former team captain and two-time all-conference performer as a defensive back on Stony Brook University’s football team.
Reyes is 12-0 overall in MMA and 6-0 in the UFC. He has four finishes in the Octagon, including three knockouts. Reyes is off a first-round KO win over former middleweight champ, Chris Weidman, at UFC Boston on Oct. 18.
Reyes also has a first-round KO win over Jared Cannonier. Reyes beat Volkan Oezdemir via split decision at UFC London in March, and he won a unanimous decision over Ovince St. Preux last year.
Unlike nearly all of Jones’s former opponents not named Alexander Gustafsson, Reyes has similar size. Both men stand 6’4,” although Jones has a significant reach advantage (84.5 inches compared to 77).
The 32-year-old Jones owns a 25-1 career record with one no-contest, but he’s never been defeated in the Octagon. The only blemishes on his resume are a “loss” to Matt Hamill by DQ for “illegal downward elbows.”
The referee’s ruling of the DQ has been called wrong and controversial for nearly a decade. The no-contest was originally a third-round KO win over Daniel Cormier, before Jones tested positive for a banned substance.
Jones will be fighting in his 15th consecutive five-round title fight.
Other fights on the card include Derrick ‘The Black Beast’ Lewis vs. Ilir Latifi, who is making his heavyweight debut after competing at 205 pounds for the first 12 fights of his UFC tenure.
Another scrap is a light-heavyweight showdown between St. Preux vs. Ryan Spann.