HOUSTON, TX – FEBRUARY 07: (L-R) Jon Jones and Dominick Reyes face off during the UFC 247 … [+]
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The first UFC title fights of 2020 are nearly upon us. Those bouts, which sit at the top of UFC 247, take place tonight when UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones puts his title on the line against Dominick Reyes, who is the No. 4 ranked fighter in the official UFC 205-pound rankings. The other title fight sees Valentina Shevchenko put her women’s flyweight belt up against No. 1 ranked Katlyn Chookagian.
Jones’ most recent title defense took place in July when he won a split-decision victory over Thiago Santos. Before that bout, all of Jones’ victories had come either through a stoppage or a unanimous decision. Jones’ sole career loss is a disqualification for illegal elbows.
Reyes is coming off a first-round knockout win over former middleweight champion Chris Weidman. The victory punched Reyes’ ticket to this title fight. He is 12-0 as a pro.
In February 2018, Shevchenko dropped from bantamweight to 125 pounds. She won the vacant flyweight title in her second bout in her new weight division. Shevchenko is currently 4-0 at flyweight and coming off a five-round decision win over Liz Carmouche in August.
Like the champion, Chookagian began her UFC run at 135 pounds. She is 4-1 at the lower weight class. Chookagian’s most recent win came in November when she defeated Jennifer Maia by unanimous decision.
Opening the pay-per-view card is Derrick Lewis, who calls Houston home these days. Lewis, a former UFC heavyweight title challenger, welcomes Ilir Latifi to the heavyweight division.
UFC 247 takes place on Saturday at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The main card streams on ESPN+ pay-per-view, following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass.
UFC 247 Pay-Per-View Card (ESPN+, 10 P.M. ET)
Jon Jones (-550) vs. Dominick Reyes (+375)
Valentina Shevchenko (-1200) vs. Katlyn Chookagian (+700)
Juan Adams (-250) vs. Justin Tafa (+200)
Mirsad Bektić (-130) vs. Dan Ige (+100)
Derrick Lewis (-280) vs. Ilir Latifi (+220)
UFC 247 Preliminary card (ESPN, 8 PM ET)
Trevin Giles vs. James Lynch
Alex Morono (-370) vs. Kalinn Williams (+280)
Lauren Murphy (+255) vs. Andrea Lee (-335)
Miles Johns (-145) vs. Mario Bautista (+115)
UFC 247 Early Prelim card (ESPN+, Fight Pass, 6:15 P.M. ET)
Journey Newson (+105) vs. Domingo Pilarte (-135)
Andre Ewell (-125) vs. Jonathan Martinez (+100)
Austin Lingo (-230) vs. Youssef Zalal (+180)
*odds via Bovada