UFC 247 Odds, Picks & Predictions: Best Bets for Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes

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Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC. Pictured: Jon Jones, Dominick Reyes

Feb 08, 2020, 04:15 PM EST
  • Jon Jones is a huge betting favorite in the latest betting odds over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 on Saturday night.
  • Jones' only loss came by DQ in 2009, but can the upstart Reyes pull off the upset?
  • Sean Zerillo makes his pick for Jones vs. Reyes and the undercard fights at UFC 247 below.

UFC 247 Betting Odds & Picks

  • Odds: Jon Jones (-450) vs. Dominick Reyes (+350)
  • Time: Approx. 10 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Toyota Center (Houston, Texas)
  • Channel: ESPN+ PPV

Jon “Bones” Jones is an all-time great, if not the GOAT, in the sport of mixed martial arts, but public opinion on Jones the person remains divisive – which is why his achievements are underappreciated.

Every time Jones walks into the octagon to fight for a title – scoring 13 victories, tied with Georges St-Pierre for the most in UFC history – you are watching the equivalent of Tom Brady in the Super Bowl, Wayne Gretzky in the Stanley Cup, or Michael Jordan in the NBA finals.

Jones successfully defended his light heavyweight title eight times during his first reign as champion, before a positive test for turanibol turned his July 2017 knockout win over Daniel Cormier into a no-contest — stripping him of his title. His only career loss was a disqualification for illegal elbows back in 2009.

It’s fair to say that nobody has ever defeated Jon Jones in an MMA contest – though a few have come close.

Most recently, Jones won by split decision over Thiago Santos in July 2019 after opening as a -850 favorite, and fans often complain about his point-fighting style which has led to a lot of wins via decision when Jones, usually a considerable favorite, clearly could have gone for a finish.

He now faces an undefeated challenger in Dominick Reyes, a former college football player (Stony Brook) who is coming off of an impressive knockout over former middleweight champion and Long Island icon Chris Weidman.

A focused and determined Jones is deserving of his favoritism, but many feel that Reyes has a chance to be the one to upset the MMA legend finally.

Tale of the Tape

Jon Jones’ Path to Victory

If you haven’t watched Jon Jones, you should know that he is an extraordinarily adaptable and incredibly technical but creative striker – especially with his kicks – and a master wrestler, both offensively and defensively.

He is the epitome of precision and volume – landing the most significant strikes and leg kicks in UFC light heavyweight history while throwing those significant strikes with the highest accuracy (57.6%) amongst active fighters in the division.

Jones has a significant edge in the clinch – where he “is usually the controlling fighter (66%), and Reyes tends to have his back against the cage (68%).”

Jones will wear you down with leg and his signature oblique kicks and back you up with front and roundhouse kicks from a distance before slipping inside of range, controlling your arms in the clinch and scoring with his knees and elbows – the latter of which is particularly devastating when he drags his opponent to the ground.

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