Jon Jones will step back into the Octagon to defend his UFC light heavyweight title once again this weekend, taking on undefeated up-and-coming challenger Dominick Reyes at UFC 247. If you won’t be ringside at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on February 8, here’s how you can watch the fight in Dubai.
What Has Jon Jones Been up To?
The last time we saw Jones in the ring, it was back in July at UFC 239, defending his championship belt against Thiago Santos – who, it’s worth mentioning, fought most of the match with a severely busted knee. Still, Jones is the undisputed king of the light heavyweight division. The man hasn’t lost a single match since 2009. And if recent social media posts of him looking absolutely jacked are anything to go by, he’s in the best shape of his career.
When Is Jon Jones’ Fight with Dominick Reyes?
On Saturday night in Texas, which means early Sunday morning in the UAE. You’ll need to pull an all-nighter, but trust us, it’s well worth tuning in. The fight card will start around 3.15am, with Jones and Reyes entering the octagon by 7am Gulf Standard time.
Is It a UFC Title Fight?
Yes, but it’s bigger than that. If Jones defeats Reyes at UFC 247, he’ll earn the record for most title fight wins in UFC history. However, even for arguably the greatest MMA fighter of all time, a win may not necessarily come easy. Talented and slick with a powerful left leg, Reyes hasn’t lost a match in his career. If there is anybody in the light heavyweight division who could possibly take down Jones, it’s “The Destroyer”.
How Can I Watch UFC 247?
Given the time of the match, you’ll be hard-pushed to find anywhere open. Instead, we recommend booking a free seven-day trial with UFC Arabia, with the option to follow up with a monthly or annual subscription.
What Happens After?
Should Jones successfully defend his title as expected, he’ll likely take the leap up to heavyweight, with huge potential superfights ahead of him against Stipe Miocic, or even unbeaten UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. If Reyes takes the title, prepare for a re-match. “You can’t just beat Jon Jones one time,” he told Submission Radio. “(If) I win the fight, he deserves a rematch no matter what.”