UFC 247 Odds: Jon “Bones” Jones odds vs. Dominick Reyes
UFC 247: Jones vs. Reyes is Saturday, February 7 and unfortunately, we at OddsUSA expect the aftermath of the event to just be business as usual. Why? That’s thanks to the sheer dominance of light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
As many longtime fans of the sport know, Jones only true loss was due to a disqualification against Matt “The Hammer” Hamill for the use of a downward or “12-6” elbow. The banning of the strike is flatout considered stupid and dates back to the dark days of the early “no holds barred” UFC events.
The popular story is that someone decided the move shouldn’t be allowed after watching a martial arts demonstration that involved breaking bricks and the like. The rule just has yet to be changed.
Aside from this DQ, Jones has looked flawless with exception to his first fight with Alexander Gustaffson and in a return fight against Ovince St. Preux in which he seemed to be shaking off ring rust, but he still won both contests.
Why Jon Jones is so Dominant and What are Reyes’ Odds to Pull Off the Upset
“Bones” Jones can be a finisher (64 percent of his 25 wins are by stoppage according to Sherdog.com) but he’s gone the distance in six of eight bouts since he put away Chael Sonnen in 2013. This includes both of Jones’ 2019 Octagon appearances.
The true test for 12-0-0 Dominick “The Devastator” Reyes should be in the clinch according to USA Today’s MMAJunkie.com. Jones should be expected to either point fight or slowly pick apart Reyes by keeping him at a distance with questionable hand fighting/eye pokes, something his career has been marred with.
“I fight how I fight,” Jones told MMA Fighting during a conference call in support of Saturday’s pay-per-view event at Toyota Center. “I grab for hands a lot, and over the years, I’ve coincidentally landed a few eye pokes. But if you guys think I trained poking people in the eyes, think about how ridiculous that is. We fight with our fingers open, and I can be a very reachy fighter sometimes, and it happens.”
As of 2016 in an effort to avoid eye pokes, the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC) made outstretched fingers illegal. Fingers must be pointed up.
At any rate, Jones should take this one on points. If it’s not based on keeping Reyes at a distance, Jones could ground him as a “plan B.” The duo’s striking stats are fairly even but Jones has the advantage in every grappling category UFC Stats measures:
Takedowns Average/15 min.
1.90 to 0.39
46% to 16%
95% to 84%
Submission Average/15 min.
0.5 to 0.4
Still, Reyes hasn’t had a submission win in just over two years while Jones’ last sub came in 2012 so plan B should mean ground smothering wrestling and ground n’ pound.
Prediction: (c) Jon Jones retains the light heavyweight championship by decision