The UFC returns to ESPN+ pay-per-view for the second time in under a month this Saturday night for UFC 247 inside Houston’s Toyota Center.
As is customary with all UFC pay-per-view events, UFC 247 will play out in three segments, beginning with three early prelims at 6:15 p.m. EST, 3:15 p.m. PST on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass.
After, the remaining undercard fights will be seen on ESPN at 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PST, immediately following the network’s coverage of college basketball between No. 7 Duke University and The University of North Carolina, the 252nd all-time meeting between the ACC rivals from the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, NC.
The game could run long, so the start of the TV prelims could move to another ESPN channel.
ESPN+ pay-per-view will be the place for the main card at 10 p.m. EST, 7 p.m. PST. Preorders for UFC 247 are being accepted through www.espnplus.com/ppv right now. If you wish to watch UFC 247 at a bar or restaurant, access www.bars.ufc.com and enter your ZIP code.
From there, you’ll see a list of bars, both confirmed and unconfirmed, to be showing UFC 247. For the unconfirmed bars, you’re advised to call ahead.
Highlighting the Saturday night pay-per-view event is a championship twin-bill to close the show.
In the co-main event, the UFC’s Women’s Flyweight championship is at stake, as incumbent champion Valentina Shevchenko (17-3) will fight No. 1 contender Kaitlyn Chookagian (12-2).
UFC 247’s main attraction sees the Light Heavyweight belt on the line. Champion Jon Jones (24-1, one no-contest), the No. 1 pound-for-pound competitor in the UFC, will battle No. 4 contender Dominick Reyes (11-0).
Both title fights will be a maximum of five rounds at five minutes apiece.
Co-Main Event: UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship: Valentina Shevchenko vs. Kaitlyn Chookagian:
Heading into the co-main event, challenger Kaitlyn Chookagian is the taller contestant at 5-foot-9, four inches taller than champion Shevchenko’s 5-foot-5 frame.
How they got here
Champion Shevchenko defended her belt last time out vs. Liz Carmouche (unanimous decision) on Aug. 10 in UFC on ESPN+ 14’s main event. It was her second defense of the title since winning the then-vacant belt in 2018 against Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
This fight was Carmouche’s last in the UFC as she was released by the promotion earlier in December and she subsequently moved to Bellator MMA a few weeks later. Shevchenko has posted a 4-1 record in her last five fights and enters Saturday night’s co-main event on a four-fight winning streak.
In the other corner, Chookagian has also gone 4-1 and is on a two-fight winning streak heading into this fight. Most recently, she scored a unanimous decision victory in a catchweight bout against Jennifer Maia on Nov. 2 in UFC 244.
The Tale of the Tape
UFC.com shows that Kaitlyn Chookagian has a one-inch reach advantage (68 inches to 67 inches), as well as a four-inch leg reach advantage (42 inches to 38 inches) over champion Valentina Shevchenko.
Prediction: Valentina Shevchenko by unanimous decision.
Main Event: UFC Light Heavyweight Championship: Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes
Heading into this main event, both fighters stand level at 6-foot-4.
How they got here
Jon Jones has gone undefeated in his last five UFC fights (4-0, 1 NC). All of those five fights were headline fights in their respective cards.
Most recently, he defeated Thiago Santos by split decision in UFC 239’s main event on July 6. Jones has headlined every UFC card on which he’s competed since March of 2011.
In the other corner, Dominick Reyes has posted a record of 5-0 in his last five UFC contests, most recently scoring a first-round knockout of Chris Weidman in the main attraction of UFC on ESPN2 (a.k.a., UFC on ESPN 6) in October from Boston.
The Tale of the Tape
UFC.com shows that Jon Jones has a 7.5-inch reach advantage (84,5 inches to 77.5 inches) and a 1.5-inch leg reach advantage (45 inches to 43.5 inches) over Dominick Reyes in the fight.
Prediction: Jon Jones by first-round knockout.
Three other fights make up Saturday night’s main card
Juan Adams (5-1) vs. Justin Tafa (3-0) [Heavyweight]
No. 14 contender Mirsad Bektic (13-1) vs. Dan Ige (11-2) [Featherweight]
No. 6 contender Derrick Lewis (21-7, one no-contest) vs. No. 12 contender Ilir Latifi (15-6, one no-contest) [Heavyweight]
UFC 247 at a Glance
Early Prelims: 6:15 p.m. EST, 3:15 p.m. PST, UFC Fight Pass & ESPN+
TV Prelims: 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PST, ESPN (after college basketball)
Main Card: 10 p.m. EST, 7 p.m. PST, ESPN+ pay-per-view
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