UFC 247: MMA Latest Writer’s Picks

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This Saturday night, we are set to see Jon Jones defend his light heavyweight title against rising contender and knockout artist Dominick Reyes. It’s a bout in which many favor Jones to add another successful title defense to his ever growing record. The co-main event will see Valentina Shevchenko defend her women’s flyweight title against a gritty American, Katlyn Chookagian. Again, another bout so heavily favored towards the champion.

Also on the UFC 247 main card, heavyweights Juan Adams and Justin Tafa will compete, with both fighters only having a combined 11 professional bouts between them. Dan Ige will also meet Mirsad Bektić in the featherweight division, and opening the show, Ilir Latifi will make his jump up to the heavyweight division to take on fan favorite and Texas resident, Derrick Lewis.

Below, some of our writers gave their predictions for Saturday’s main card bouts.

Jason Farrell

Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes; Jones via Rd. 2 Sub

“I see Jon Jones closing the show pretty early in this one. I think Reyes is explosive with the tools he carries, but it will not be enough, as I see Jones getting the fight to the mat and applying the pressure on Reyes which will lead to errors and Jones capitalizing.”

Valentina Shevchenko vs. Katlyn Chookagian; Shevchenko via Decision

“Again I see the champion just having too much quality for her opponent. Chookagian belongs amongst the top of the flyweight division, but the gap in skill set is too high between Chookagian & “The Bullet.”

Justin Tafa vs. Juan Adams; Tafa via Rd. 2 KO

Mirsad Bektić vs. Dan Ige; Bektić via Decision

Derrick Lewis vs. Ilir Latifi; Lewis via Rd. 1 KO

Arion Armeniakos

Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes; Jones via Rd. 3 Sub

“I’m siding with the champion. I feel like Reyes has got under Jones’ skin a little and it has given Jones that extra drive he’s been missing. I expect Jones to try get Reyes out of there quite early.”

Valentina Shevchenko vs. Katlyn Chookagian; Shevchenko via Decision

“I have Shevchenko winning. The champion is on a roll right now and I see her being too strong, too sharp and too violent. I expect her to get a dominant decision win on Saturday night.”

Justin Tafa vs. Juan Adams; Tafa via Rd. 1 KO

Mirsad Bektić vs. Dan Ige; Bektić via Decision

Derrick Lewis vs. Ilir Latifi; Lewis via Rd. 2 KO

Caoilte de Barra

Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes; Jones via Rd. 3 TKO

“Jones has faced so many different styles that he’s able to deal with all adversity in my opinion. Reyes is dangerous but I don’t think he’s versatile enough to significantly threaten Jones who is arguably the GOAT.”

Valentina Shevchenko vs. Katlyn Chookagian; Shevchenko via Decision

“Valentina is one of the best Female fighters in the game. She was solid at 135-pounds and is even more dangerous at 125. There’s a reason she’s champion. Chookagian is good and probably the toughest fight at 125 right now, but I think Valentina’s talent and fight IQ will get her the win. I think it’ll be a very technical fight overall and that it will go the distance.”

Justin Tafa vs. Juan Adams; Tafa via Rd. 2 KO

Mirsad Bektić vs. Dan Ige; Bektić via Rd. 3 Sub

Derrick Lewis vs. Ilir Latifi; Lewis via Rd. 1 TKO

Mitchell Ivy

Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes; Jones via Rd. 4 TKO

“Dominick Reyes is definitely a new breed of light heavyweights and Jones will have to be at his very best, but I think Jones will be too strong for Reyes and will remain the champion.”

Valentina Shevchenko vs. Katlyn Chookagian; Shevchenko via Rd. 2 KO

“Shevchenko is levels above the competition at flyweight. I see shades of what we saw in her bout against Jessica Eye. Scary from “The Bullet.”

Justin Tafa vs. Juan Adams; Tafa via Decision

Mirsad Bektić vs. Dan Ige; Bektić via Decision

Derrick Lewis vs. Ilir Latifi; Lewis via Rd. 1 KO

Reece Williams

Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes; Jones via Decision

“Jon Jones is the greatest of all time. Reyes has never been this deep inside the octagon. Jones is super patient and will not be drawn into a firefight.”

Valentina Shevchenko vs. Katlyn Chookagian; Shevchenko via Decision

“Although Chookagian is very good, Valentina is simply better in every department. I think Shevchenko will use her Muay Thai to cruise to another victory.”

Justin Tafa vs. Juan Adams; Tafa via Rd. 2 KO

Dan Ige vs. Mirsad Bektić; Ige via Rd. 1 TKO

Derrick Lewis vs. Ilir Latifi; Lewis via Rd. 1 KO

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