UFC 247 Live: Jones vs. Reyes is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that is expected to take place on February 8, 2020 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
A UFC Light Heavyweight Championship bout between current two-time champion Jon Jones and Dominick Reyes is expected to serve as the headliner.
A UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship bout between current champion Valentina Shevchenko and Katlyn Chookagian is expected to serve as the co-headliner.
While not officially announced by the organization, the promotion was initially targeting a light heavyweight bout between former title challenger Ovince Saint Preux and Ryan Spann to take place at the event. However, promotion matchmakers elected to go in another direction and the pairing was scrapped from the event.
A bantamweight bout between Sean O’Malley and José Alberto Quiñónez was originally scheduled to take place at UFC 229. However, it was scrapped after O’Malley failed a United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug test. The bout was then expected to take place at this event but it was eventually moved to UFC 248 for unknown reasons.
Dhiego Lima was scheduled to face Alex Morono at the event. However, Lima was forced off the card on January 22 with a neck injury. He was replaced by Kalinn Williams.
Jimmie Rivera was scheduled to face Marlon Vera at the event. However, Rivera pulled out of the fight on January 23 citing an injury. In turn, promotion officials elected to remove Vera from the card entirely.
UFC 247 Live
UFC 247 is almost here, and this one is absolutely intriguing. At this point Jon Jones is almost certainly the greatest fighter we’ve seen in the Octagon. He’s essentially undefeated and has a resume few, outside maybe GSP, can match. So when he fights at UFC 247, against undefeated up-and-comer Dominick Reyes, you should probably tune in..
How to watch
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In the US, you can only watch UFC 247 on PPV through ESPN+. The cost structure is a bit confusing, but here are the options, according to ESPN’s site.
Existing yearly ESPN+ subscribers can buy the event for $65.
Existing monthly ESPN+ subscribers will be able to either upgrade to an annual plan and purchase UFC PPV for $85 OR purchase the UFC PPV for $65 by itself.
New ESPN+ subscribers can buy a bundle of one UFC PPV event (streaming in HD) and an ESPN+ annual recurring subscription for $85. The ESPN+ annual subscription will auto-renew after one year, at the price of an ESPN+ annual subscription at the time of auto-renewal.
You can do all of the above at the link below.
BUY IT AT ESPN+
MMA fans in the UK can watch UFC 245 live exclusively through BT Sport. There are more options if you live in Australia. You can watch UFC 245 through Main Event on Foxtel. You can also watch on the UFC website or using its app. You can even order using your PlayStation 4 or using the UFC app on your Xbox One.
UFC 247 takes place on Saturday Feb. 8 in the US.
Here are the start times by region.
The Main Card starts at 10 p.m. (ET)
The Prelims start at 8 p.m. (ET)
The Early Prelims start at 6:15 p.m. (ET)
(Note in the UK UFC 247 runs through into Sunday Feb. 9.)
The Main Card starts at 3 a.m. (GMT)
The Prelims start at 1 a.m. (GMT)
The Early Prelims start at 11:15 p.m. (GMT)
(Note in Australia UFC 247 starts on Sunday, Feb. 9.)
The Main Card starts at 2 p.m. (AEDT)
The Prelims start at 12 p.m. (AEDT)
The Early Prelims start at 10:15 a.m. (AEDT)
Jon Jones (c) vs. Dominick Reyes
Valentina Shevchenko (c) vs. Katlyn Chookagian
Juan Adams vs. Justin Tafa
Mirsad Bektic vs. Dan Ige
Derrick Lewis vs. Ilir Latifi
Trevin Giles vs. Antonio Arroyo
Alex Morono vs. Kalinn Williams
Andrea Lee vs. Lauren Murphy
Miles Johns vs. Mario Bautista
Domingo Pilarte vs. Journey Nelson
Andre Ewell vs. Jonathan Martinez
Is it worth buying?
It’s a very top heavy card. UFC 247 is one of those “big” cards featuring two title fights, but the second title fight is Valentina Shevchenko vs. Katlyn Chookagian and Chookagian has about as close to no chance as you can get (Shevchenko is a -1100 favourite). Not only that, but Shevchenko’s last title fight was one of the dullest championship bouts in recent history.
The card does feature Derrick Lewis, however, one of the greatest personalities in MMA.
But the real selling point is the main event, which is incredibly compelling. That is a fight you won’t want to miss