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Best Bets and Expert Predictions for UFC 247

| February 2, 2020 5:00 am PDT
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I bet you’ve been wondering what the best UFC 247 bets are. With the event scheduled for February 8, it is not a bad idea to get that thinking cap on.

Luckily for you, I’ve been targeting the top UFC 247 bets for quite some time. Over the past 24 hours, I have refined my list of the best wagers to make.

Betting on Jon Jones and Valentina Shevchenko aside, I know some of you might struggle with knowing who half of the fighters on the bill are. Even diehard MMA fans won’t recognize some of the names who will take to the cage on the night.

But there is no need to worry about that. I have four UFC 247 bets here that I believe could come through for you next week. I have used odds from the BetOnline sportsbook to give you an idea of what to expect in terms of prices.

So, with that in mind, let’s look at the first bet.

Jon Jones to Beat Dominick Reyes

  • Jon Jones to Win -475

Say what you want about Jon Jones, but the champ has shown true character to come back from the scandals that had threatened to end his career.

Still technically unbeaten in the sport — that 2009 “loss” to Matt Hammill was a DQ — it has always seemed that Jon Jones was the only man that could beat Jon Jones. And that has not changed with time.

A native of Rochester, New York, Jones enters his 28th professional contest against the unbeaten challenger, Dominick Reyes.

Reyes has looked excellent since joining the UFC back in 2017 and carries a growing reputation into this fight.

Known for his explosive power, Reyes is believed to be good enough, by some, to push Jones all the way.

In a division that Jones rules with an iron hand, genuine challengers are few and far between. Especially given the lack of depth at 205 pounds.

But Reyes will make him work. Unfortunately for the challenger, he is entering the cage with no ordinary fighter.

I see Jones picking Reyes apart from the outside before taking him down and submitting him. While he is priced at -475, I wouldn’t blame anyone for wanting better odds. If this is the case, get on Jones to win the fight by submission.

Check out my full Jones vs. Reyes fight preview for a more thorough breakdown of this fight.

Derrick Lewis to Beat Ilir Latifi

  • Derrick Lewis to Win -275

Derrick Lewis could really make a statement on February 8 when he takes on former light heavyweight Ilir Latifi.

Lewis might not be in line for another shot at the title he fought for back in late 2018, but nothing is exactly out of the question.

At 34, the Texan is still young for a heavier fighter. There is still plenty in the tank for Lewis, who will continue to fight regardless. Latifi is an opponent that I can’t see stopping him from wanting more.

Lewis returns to the cage since beatingBlagoy Ivanov in November, by way of split decision. Prior to that, “Black Beast” suffered back-to-back losses against Daniel Cormier and Junior dos Santos.

Going from those three to Latifi should make Lewis happy. I don’t believe the Swede is going to look any better at heavyweight than he did at the weight class below, where he is ranked 12th.

What I am expecting is a powerful and dominant performance by the big-hitting Texan.

Lewis wins this fight by way of KO.

The odds on Derrick Lewis stopping Latifi are yet to be released, so if you don’t feel inspired to take the moneyline, hold off a few days before the fight, and you should find what you are looking for.

Miles Johns to Beat Mario Bautista

  • Miles Johns to Win -135

I am really looking forward to seeing Miles Johns and Mario Bautista going at it at UFC 247.

In my opinion, these guys are among the best prospects currently plying their trade at 135 pounds. As you can imagine, there is a lot at stake for both men, which should make this fight an interesting one.

But in my opinion, the unbeaten Johns is the guy to back on the night.

A formerLFA bantamweight champion, Johns has yet to taste defeat in the paid ranks.

Johns won his UFC debut over Cole Smith in September, making it 10 from 10 in the pros. A win over Bautista would do him a world of good and certainly open the door to bigger and better fights.

Bautista is 0-1 in the UFC, having lost his first bout under the banner of the promotion. I expect his record to be 0-2 by the time this fight is over.

You can get odds of -135 on Johns to win the bout, which is pretty damn good.

Jonathan Martinez to Beat Andre Ewell

  • Jonathan Martinez to Win +107

My final pick of the night is Jonathan Martinez to win his bantamweight clash with the experienced Andrew Ewell.

Martinez is coming off a highlight-reel knockout, via knee, over Liu Pingyuan in July. The setup was excellent, but the blend of power and technique was just sublime.

The Chinese fighter had absolutely no chance.

Martinez is 2-1 since joining the UFC. He suffered a unanimous decision loss to Andre Soukhamthath on his debut but bounced back with two wins.

Ewell is 2-2 in the UFC, having made the move over from the regional circuit in September 2018.

On his promotional debut, the 31-year-old beat former bantamweight great Renan Barao by way of split decision. That win does sound a lot more impressive than it probably should, though, given Barao’s appalling record of 2-8 from his last 10.

Anyway, I like Martinez’s movement. He clearly has a high fight IQ and is pretty well rounded. He will be heading into this fight as a slight underdog, but he has the momentum.

You can get odds of +107 on Martinez beating Ewell.

Closing Thoughts

If you are looking for the best UFC 247 bets, I think those above are the pick of the bunch.

Now, for those of you who are not taking the moneyline, our leading UFC sportsbooks will be releasing prop bets over the next few days. There will be plenty of UFC 247 odds available a few days before the fight, too.

That’s all from me for now. Good luck with your bets!

Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

For his troubles, Adam is a fan of Leinster Rugby, Glasgow Celtic, and trusting the process.

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