UFC 247 Preview & Betting Tips

February 8th 2020, 6:40pm, By: Ben Talintyre

UFC 247 takes place this weekend from the Tokyo Centre in Houston, headlined by Jon ‘Bones’ Jones who tries to defend his Light Heavyweight belt against the undefeated challenger, Dominick Reyes. Also on the card we see another title fight, from the Women’s flyweight division with Valentina Shevchenko defending her belt against Katlyn Chookagian.

Before we get in to the main previews and predictions a couple of extra notes. First off they have undervalued Ilir Latifi against Derrick Lewis. While Lewis is one of my favourite fighters to watch Latifi is strong, durable and a top-level wrestler, all things Lewis has struggled with in the past and the fact he is nearly $3 is crazy to me. Juan Adams while being a mediocre heavyweight, is the better fighter than Tafa who still has very little experience and looks a decent play. There is also a special floating around on Beteasy for no main card fight going the distance at around $14 and this is well over the odds with the five fight main card consisting of two heavyweight bouts, a wrecking ball in Shevchenko, Jon Jones and Bektic and Ige who both have a number of finishes to their name. Now let’s get onto the main selections.

UFC 247 Betting Tips

Jon ‘Bones’ Jones vs. Dominick Reyes

Realistically Dominick Reyes is a power puncher who is incredibly athletic and has steamrolled his way into a title shot. For me, knocking out a past his prime Weidman and beating Oezdemir by decision doesn’t provide me with evidence he can test Bones. The win that did impress me was his knockout of Jared Cannonier who I see as a serious challenger at Middleweight but in saying that Reyes was the much larger man in that fight and Jones is a different calibre of fighter to what he has faced. Jon Jones picked up two decision victories over Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos in 2019 in displays best described as arrogant. Jones believes he can beat any fighter in any realm of mixed marital arts and that showed in a close decision win over Santos when he chose to stand and strike with an explosive fighter who was fighting on one leg for a large period of the fight. Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos, I saw as bigger threats to Jon and I don’t see Reyes being able to step forward and put it on him like he has with previous opponents. Jon’s control of distance is the best I have ever seen in MMA and his long reach helps with that. Jon ultimately wins this wherever it goes and I am backing him to go after the finish and get it. I would be stunned if this was to go the way of Reyes but then again it is MMA, and anything can happen.


Valentina Shevchenko vs. Katlyn Chookagian

Simply Shevchenko and Nunes are levels above any female MMA fighter who can fight in the Flyweight division or above, with the exception of possibly Tatiana Suarez. Chookagian has a decent ground game with good enough striking but doesn’t have the speed, power or technique to worry Shevchenko. Shevchenko has two losses in the last five years, both to Nunes and one I believe she should have won by decision. There is nothing to suggest to me Chookagian is any sort of match for Shevchenko and she should earn herself yet another comfortable win here. With Shevchenko at under $1.10 to win we will go with her getting the finish for some more value.


Trevin Giles vs. Antonio Arroyo

Trevin Giles started his UFC run in fine style with knockouts of James Bochnovic and Antonio Braga Neto before taking a year off. Since coming back he lost consecutive fights by submission in 2019 and returns here after six months off against Arroyo. He has had time to work on his submission defence which proved to be a real hole in his game. Arrogance has been a major factor in his last two fights deciding to fight whatever style of fight his opponent wanted which resulted in bad defeats. With Giles surely eager to earn himself a win and stamp himself as a serious prospect he must win this against the average Arroyo.


Miles Johns vs. Mario Bautista

Simply this fight is set up perfectly for Miles Johns. Johns is an exciting Bantamweight prospect who impressed on the Contender Series, which earned himself a UFC contract. In his first UFC bout he won a split decision victory against the talented Cole Smith. Johns is a strong wrestler and he is up against a fighter who although possesses more reach than Johns, lacks the wrestling prowess to keep this off the mat for large periods of the fight. Johns ultimately drags him down and grinds him out on route to a dominant victory.


TIPS

2020 AFL Women's (AFLW) Round 3 Betting Tips

The 2020 AFLW season continues this week with a great slate of games. The Lions are sitting pretty on top of the table as the only undefeated team and will be looking to go 3-0 this weekend! See our preview and tips for all seven games here read more

2020 Super Rugby: Round 4 Preview & Betting Tips

Just the six games in the Super Rugby this weekend but still plenty of opportunities to find winners. We have a full preview and betting tips for every game in Round 4 here read more

Horse Racing Tips: Thursday, February 20th

Racing takes place at six venues in Australia this Thursday. Luke Krahe has found some confident selections at Grafton, Warrnambool and Pakenham, including one currently at $3.80 that he believes should be odds-on! Find his tips here! read more

South Africa vs Australia T20 Series Betting Tips

South Africa will host Australia in a three match T20 series beginning this Saturday night! We have a full preview and betting picks for the series here read more

ARTICLES

What is Lay Betting?

Lay betting is when you’re betting against an event to occur. You’re betting that a horse won’t win a race, a team won’t win a match or your player will lose to their opponent. Find out more about lay betting at Betfair right here. read more


Understanding the Betfair Exchange

Learn the importance of the Betfair exchange for both recreational and professional punters. In this article we take a closer look at how Betfair works and why it often offers a superior product to the traditional online sports betting operators. read more


2019-20 Big Bash League (BBL09) Squads

The 2019-20 Big Bash League season is set to be a thriller! Check out the full squads for the upcoming BBL09 here read more


Understanding Betfair Staking Plans

In the third instalment of our Betfair instructional series, we take a look at understanding staking plans and how they can be used to stay in control of your bank roll read more


BLOGS

2020 AFLW Season Fixture

The 2020 AFLW season is just around the corner and this year will be bigger than ever! See the full fixture for all 8 rounds in the regular season here read more


2019-20 Big Bash League (BBL09) Predicted Lineups

The 2019-20 Big Bash League gets underway on Tuesday, the 17th of December and as many of the teams won't have their full compliment of players available to them on night one, we have compiled a predicted starting XI for all eight teams in the first week of the tournament here read more


BBL09 Team Preview: Sydney Thunder

The Sydney Thunder will be buoyed by the full-time return of star batsman Usman Khawaja this year, but will it be enough to lift them into the finals in BBL09? See our full Sydney Thunder preview here read more


BBL09 Team Preview: Sydney Sixers

The Sydney Sixers are one of the more successful sides in Big Bash League history, having won the title once and made the finals in five of eight seasons. Can they make waves in BBL09? See our full Sixers team preview here read more


Betfair