The 32 year-old champion’s only career loss was via a controversial disqualification for illegal downward elbows against Matt Hamill in 2009.
Jones initially won the title against Mauricio Rua in 2011 and defended it eight times, before the UFC stripped him of it in 2015 for violating the organization’s code of conduct policy.
He regained the belt in December 2018 by beating Alexander Gustafsson, since when he has defended it twice. He earned a unanimous-decision victory over Anthony Smith in March 2019, before beating Thiago Santos unconvincingly on a split decision last July.
Dominick Reyes, the 30 year-old Californian challenger, is coming off a first-round knockout win over ex-middleweight champion Chris Weidman in October last year, for which he earned Performance of the Night.
Of Reyes’ 12 victories to date, four have been technical knockouts, three knockouts and two submissions. Only three of his wins have had to go to the judges.
Jon Jones vs Dominick Reyes Betting Lines & Pick
Jon Jones is always the favourite going into any fight, so perhaps the biggest concern for the champion is one of motivation. Reyes is certainly capable of causing him trouble, he is athletic, a big-hitter and in his prime.
However, Jones has to be the selection in predictions to win this fight, although as a short priced favourite we prefer to take the Method of Victory as the tip here.
On the Money Line, Jones can be backed at -435 (1.23) with Sports Interaction, with Reyes available at +350 (4.50) with bet365. In the Method of Victory market, Jones to win by Decision or Technical Decision is +240 (3.40) with bet365.
UFC 247 Picks: Method of Victory – Jon Jones by Decision or Technical Decision @ +240 (3.40) with bet365
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