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UFC 247: Jones vs Reyes | Preview Main Event

The UFC arrives in February with its foot in the door. On his return to the beautiful city of Houston, Texas (USA), the largest mixed martial arts organization in the world lands with UFC 247 and full of names well known to the general public. 

Heading the event, light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones returns to the cage for yet another belt defense, now against promising Dominick Reyes . In the second most important fight of the night, the dominant fly champion Valentina Shevchenko , finally, faces the challenger Katlyn Chookagian .

Still on the main card, heavyweights Justin Tafa and Juan Adams face off in an affirmation battle in the 120kg category. In the penalties, promising Dan Ige faces the experienced Mirsad Bektic in what promises to be one of the main clashes of the night. And last but not least, folkloric Derrick Lewis returns to open the main portion of the night against veteran Ilir Latifi .


Seen by the majority as the greatest fighter of all time, Jones (25-1 in MMA, 19-1 in the UFC) is going through a difficult time that has lasted for about five years. After long downtime for getting ready in and out of the octagon, the American finally got a run. The problem is that the level has plummeted. The victory over Alexander Gustafsson was the only good performance since 2015. Besides, he was either caught in doping or fought very badly - the last triumphs over Anthony Smith and Thiago Marreta worried his fans.

Technically, there is nothing to discuss: Jones is capable of doing everything in the octagon. His offensive toolbox is the most diverse ever seen in MMA. Violent Muay Thai, with mastery of distance control and applications of knees and elbows. Lots of physical strength in the clinch . Powerful drops and stifling ground and pound . Defensively, however, it shows difficulty with those who can act within its range of action, disabling the distance control, or even with those who are able to strike with speed from the outside - this is a point of attention for this Saturday.

Named Top 10 of the Future in the MMA Brasil project a few years ago, Reyes (12-0 in MMA, 6-0 in the UFC) did more. He beat up a shovel of people until he curled up more than he should with Volkan Oezdemir. The recovery came immediately and in style, applying a devastating knockout to Chris Weidman's light heavyweight debut.

Reyes is the dog's horse. Strong guy for the devil, but with movement ability that is not very common in brute comrades like him. The origin was in wrestling , but he has shown himself to be a brutal kickboxer , with mastodontic kicks and an anvil in his hands. His sense of balance helps a lot in defending a fall and even allows him to be offensive in the clinch . The big question will be how he will turn around if Jones puts him down.