Jon ‘Bones’ Jones retained his light heavyweight belt in Saturday’s UFC 247 main event, capturing a unanimous-decision win (48-47, 49-46, 48-47) over Dominick Reyes.
It was a night of baffling judging decisions, which tends to happen when the promotion comes to Texas.
MMADecisions polled 17 noted MMA scribes for the UFC 247 headliner. Twelve media members scored it 48-47 in favor of Reyes, while only five had it 48-47 for Jones.
Sportsbook released odds for two potential fights that could be next for Jones, who opened as a -220 favorite vs. Reyes. The 30-year-old Reyes is a +177 underdog.
Reyes took it to Jones in the first two rounds, while most observers felt Jones won the fourth and fifth stanzas. The closest round was the third.
Jason Floyd of the MMA Report, Yahoo’s Kevin Iole and GambLou had it 48-47 for Jones. The Athletic’s Chuck Mindenhall, ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, ESPN’s Brett Okamoto and MMAFighting’s Damon Martin scored it 48-47 for Reyes.
The other potential option is for Jones to face heavyweight champ, Stipe Miocic, who has hinted that he wants fresh competition instead of completing a trilogy with Daniel Cormier.
Sportsbook has Miocic as a -160 ‘chalk’ vs. Jones, a +130 underdog.
There is a third option for Jones. This Saturday’s UFC Rio Rancho show is being headlined by 205-pound contenders Corey Anderson and Jan Blachowicz.
Both are off the best wins of their careers. Anderson shut down the hype train of an undefeated Brazilian phenom, beating Johnny Walker via first-round knockout victory.
Blachowicz starched former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold with a vicious second-round KO.
Most books have Anderson installed as a 200 favorite. If either fighter wins by impressive knockout, he’ll be in the conversation for the next shot at Jones’s UFC light heavyweight strap.
Check out the rest of the odds — that display the best number available for each fighter — for Saturday’s card here: