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Jon Jones Heavily Favored To Win UFC 247


He doesn’t hit the octagon until February, but Jon Jones has stolen the spotlight from two UFC events that proceed his title defence at UFC 247. With a 25-1-1 record entering his light heavyweight title match with Dominick Reyes, Jones is arguably the best mixed martial arts fighter of all-time. At 23 years old, Jones became the youngest UFC champion when he defeated Mauricio Rua at UFC 128 in 2011. Jones would defend the title throughout his next eight fights before being stripped for violating UFC conduct policies.

Fight fans are familiar with Jones’ championship reign, one in which he would fight for, win and then lose the Light Heavyweight title twice more and at the end of the night after his hand was raised, he would hand over the strap after testing positive for substance abuse. After returning to the ring following an eighteen month suspension, the now 32 year old would once again capture the title that was stripped from him and successfully defend it in two straight matches. While Jones has been able to leave the Octagon with his belt, the fact that both of his matches went the limit of all five rounds and were decision based results may lead to what could be an upset result next February.

After defeating the top and third ranked challengers (Thiago Santos and Anthony Smith), Reyes, currently ranked fourth in the division will look to improve his 12-0 record with what would be a monumental upset. While the fight is eight weeks away and the odds will likely change as the event dates comes closer, early predictions have the champion hovering between -425 to -450 favorite to defeat Reyes, a +325 to +350 underdog depending on which sportsbook you go by.

While Jones is focused on defending his title, there has been some rumors and trash talk about challenging other classes, including Isreal Adesanya, the current Middleweight Champion and possibly even moving up to the Heavyweight class to battle the winner of the rubber match between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic. If either of those fights were to happen, something that Jones has set the wheels in motion as a result of subtle comments towards the respective title holders during press conferences.

When it comes to wagering on mixed martial arts fights, many ask how do betting odds work in UFC matches. Combat sports often offer options such as moneyline, total rounds and method of victory. With Jones currently sitting as a -450 favorite, to win $100, you would have to bet $450 on the champion. Betting on total rounds is similar to betting the over/under on other sports events and method of victory offers options of KO, TKO, submission or decision. Both Jones and Reyes have been overwhelming favorites during each of their last five fights respectively.

Although his comments may speak of the future, Jones appears to have his mind firmly focused on his more immediate goal of making sure his championship belt stays around his waist. While Reyes is currently undefeated so too were Daniel Cormier and Ryan Bader, both leaving the Octagon with a blemish on their record after facing Jones.

The UFC 247 card will also feature a Women’s Flyweight Championship match between current champion Valentina Shevchenko and number one contender Katlyn Chookagian, who is competing in her first championship match. With both champions featured in the UFC Pound-For-Pound rankings, Jones number one overall and Shevchenko eleventh, it is a smart bet that both will leave the Toyota Centre in Houston with their titles still around their waists. As one of the most well rounded, athletic fighters in the UFC, Jones has been on a mission to prove himself as the best fighter in MMA history.

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