Thursday, February 6, 2020

The excitement leading up to UFC 247 (Main Event — Jones vs. Reyes)


This Saturday, the UFC will return with UFC 247 live in Houston, Texas. The main event will feature the second title bout of the evening which includes the current light heavyweight champion, Jon “Bones” Jones and title challenger, Dominick Reyes.

Jon Jones — 25 wins | 1 loss

Jon Jones is a two-time UFC Light Heavyweight and is currently the titleholder in this division. His upcoming championship bout with Reyes will be his 11th title defense bout inside of the UFC octagon. At age 23, Jones became the youngest UFC competitor to claim a championship under the UFC banner. While riding a six-fight winning streak and four months after making his professional MMA debut, the current champion competed in his first UFC bout in August 2008. He successfully earned a unanimous decision victory in his UFC debut. Less than three years later, with an MMA record of 12–1 and 10 of those wins coming via stoppage, Jones challenged then-champion Maurício “Shogun” Rua. Jones ended the bout and claimed UFC gold via TKO in the third round.

Jones continued to improve his record while defending the UFC light heavyweight title eight times in a row. During his first title reign, Jones secured victories over former titleholders and legends in the sport such as Quinton Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, and Vitor Belfort, among others. Jones recaptured the light heavyweight championship less than two years later in a rematch against Alexander Gustafsson. Since then, he defended his title twice against top challengers, Anthony Smith, and Thiago Santos. Collectively, Jones secured 16 of his 25 wins by way of stoppage (10 KO/TKO | 6 Submissions).

MMA Highlights
  • Youngest competitor to claim a UFC championship
  • 16 wins via stoppages (10 via KOs)
  • Two-time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion 
  • Most successful title defenses in UFC’s light heavyweight history
  • Once enjoyed a 13-fight winning streak
Dominick Reyes — 12 wins | 0 losses 

Across the cage from the champion will be the undefeated title challenger, Dominick Reyes. Reyes has a perfect record of 12–0 with nine of his victories coming via stoppage (7 KO/TKO | 2 Submissions). He made his professional debut in the sport in December 2014, where he captured his first TKO win in the opening round. Less than three years ago, he entered the UFC with a record of 6–0. In his debut match, Reyes stopped another opponent in the first round by way of TKO. Since then, the undefeated competitor has captured victories over former titleholders and promotional headliners, including Chris Weidman, Volkan Oezdemir, and Ovince Saint Preux.

MMA Highlights
  • Currently undefeated
  • Earned 12 consecutive wins
  • Won two “Performance of the Night” awards 
  • Captured majority of his wins by way of stoppage (7 KOs)
Jon Jones has competed with the who’s who in the UFC Light Heavyweight division, and with a win in this upcoming bout, he may move up to the heavyweight division. Dominick Reyes is a confident competitor who never tasted defeat before and believes he has the tools to dethrone the G.O.A.T. Both competitors are also looking to extend their winning streak as well, so it is going to exciting to see what happens in the main event.

Fight On!

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