Tonight Jon Jones and Dominick Reyes will be duking it out in the main event of UFC 247. The event is happening in Houston Texas; a place renowned worldwide for its love of both Jesus Christ & the AR-15. Also on the card is a rather boring flyweight clash between Valentina Shevchenko & *checks notes* Katlyn Chookagian.
The rest of the card is pretty meh to be completely honest with you, there’s a fun featherweight scrap between rising contenders Dan Ige & Mirsad Bektic which has the potential to deliver fireworks. Regular ass-eater and Houston native; Derrick Lewis is returning too and will be taking on the girthiest Ilir Latifi that the universe has ever known. Lewis VS Latifi could be a tremendous three minute back and forth fest of swingin and bangin, or it could be a painful 15 minute slog, pay $65 and you’ll find out…
Though the hype on the inter-web is relatively low for the card, probably because we’re on some sort of Conor McGregor post fight MMA hype detox. I do believe the main event is a must see. Jon Jones is essentially undefeated and with a win tonight he will have cleared out his division for the 3rd time. Say he gets a decisive win, Jones would be free to go up to heavyweight and pursue a massive blockbuster super-fight against the likes of Stipe Miocic, Brock Lesnar or even a trilogy fight against bitter rival Daniel Cormier. Or alternatively he may even choose to stay at 205 and face Middleweight don Israel Adesanya; that is, if Israel manages to somehow beat the super-hulk Yoel Romero.
What makes the main event a must-see, is that Dominick Reyes is incredibly dangerous on the feet, he’s undefeated at 12-0 and possess real knockout power. Yeah Jon has fought power punchers and prospects before, but he’s never really fought anyone who’s been as easily dismissed as Reyes. I don’t think it’ll be the one sided domination that everyone is expecting it to be. Everyone seems to be sleeping on Reyes chances tonight, and Jones is in desperate need of a win. His past few performances against Thiago Santos and Anthony Smith have been quite the snooze-fests. So he needs to go out and put some sort of exclamation mark on himself and cement his place in the limelight.
If Jones is to move up to challenge the likes of Stipe Miocic & Brock Lesnar he has to get past an underrated final hurdle and put on a showcase performance. And if MMA has taught us anything; it’s that usually those who are completely underrated perform the best as the bar is set so low.
So I think we should be hyped to see if Jones can go even further and get to a stage where the big super-fights are becoming a reality. But in order to do that, he needs a dominant victory against a guy who everyone has already counted out.