UFC 247: Jon Jones vs Dominick Reyes Preview
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Friday, February 7, 2020
UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones returns to the octagon on Saturday night, where he will look to defend his title against the undefeated Dominick Reyes.
Both fighters feel they have a lot to prove on this fight; Jones is committed to defeating Reyes and continuing his reign in the UFC light-heavyweight division, where he looks to set unmatchable records, while Reyes is looking to prove that he is the one to dethrone Jones.
Although many are counting Reyes out, he has a chance to shock the MMA world on Saturday night if he’s able to connect with the vicious left-hand---same hook that knocked out former UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman in his last fight and in the process, improved his MMA record 12-0.
Jones on the other hand, has a lot more tools in his repertoire; excellent wrestling, ground game, he’s able to control distance well with his range and leg kicks, and he is unorthodox when setting his opponents up for a takedown, which has caused problems for every fighter he has competed with in the octagon including high-level wrestlers like Daniel Cormier and Ryan Bader.
Reyes will need to use a similar approach to Thiago Santos in that when Jones rushes in for a clinch or takedown attempt, he’ll need to land with his combinations and be precise if he wants to knockout the champion.
Both fighters have gone back and forth in their press conferences and interviews, with Jones discounting his challenger’s status in the division by saying previous opponent, Thiago Santos, is “two or three times the opponent of Reyes” and later added “I don’t think he (Reyes) even knows what he’s getting into.”
Jones has kept his focus on taking care of business and retaining his title against Reyes on Saturday night however after the fight, he is more open than ever to move up to the heavyweight division and fighting Stipe Miocic for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Fans have wanted Jones to move up to heavyweight for years and a win over Reyes may lead to him testing himself at a heavier weight-class while a new definitive contender emerges in the light-heavyweight division.
Be sure to check out BarnBurner’s “Ground and Pound” MMA show on Saturday to hear WDAE Radio’s Steve Carney and myself give our predictions for UFC 247.
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