Ultimate Fighting Championship is heading back to the Lone Star State on Saturday night when arguably the greatest mixed martial artist of all time hits the Octagon to defend his title. Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will put his strap on the line against the next challenger in line, Dominick Reyes, in the main event of UFC 247 from Houston, Texas (10 p.m. ET, ESPN PPV).
Reyes (12-0) will enter Toyota Center in Houston looking to become the man to knock Jones off his throne. Still relatively young in his fighting career, Reyes has the physical and athletic tools to hang with Jones. He’ll look to prove his rapid rise through the UFC ranks which includes four stoppage wins in six UFC victories is no fluke when he takes on arguably the best fighter to ever set foot in the Octagon.
A second title fight kicks off in the co-main event from Houston with women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko defending her crown against Katlyn Chookagian. Shevchenko is on an incredible run since dropping down to 125 pounds and looking to add another finish to her resume. Chookagian, meanwhile, has won two in a row to get into this position in a fairly shallow division looking to find its footing.
Get an early look at UFC 247 with our podcast — State of Combat with Brian Campbell — where we look at everything on the main card and get some in-depth analysis from UFC Hall of Famer ‘Suga’ Rashad Evans on what to expect from Jones vs. Reyes and Shevchenko vs. Chookagian.
While the rest of the card may not carry the depth of a high class PPV, there is still some potential for fireworks with a pair of heavyweight bouts set to kick off. Hometown hero Derrick Lewis makes his return to the Octagon when he welcomes Ilir Latifi to the heavyweight ranks after a lengthy run at 205 pounds. Plus, knockout specialists Juan Adams and Justin Tafa meet in the final bout before the title fights.
Below is the complete fight card for Saturday night as well as everything that happened this week in the lead up to the event that you need to catch up on. CBS Sports will be with you throughout the night with updates, results and recaps for all the action in Houston. Check back in on this page to keep track.
UFC 247 fight card, odds
|Jon Jones (c) -420 vs. Dominick Reyes +350||Light heavyweight championship|
|Valentina Shevchenko (c) -1200 vs. Katlyn Chookagian +750||Women’s flyweight championship|
|Juan Adams -240 vs. Justin Tafa +200||Heavyweight|
|Mirsad Bektić -140 vs. Dan Ige +110||Featherweight|
|Derrick Lewis -300 vs. Ilir Latifi +240||Heavyweight|
|Trevin Giles -155 vs. Antonio Arroyo +125||Middleweight|
|Alex Morono -300 vs. Kallin Williams +240||Welterweight|
|Andrea Lee -360 vs. Lauren Murphy +280||Women’s flyweight|
|Miles Johns -135 vs. Mario Bautista +105||Bantamweight|
|Journey Newson -135 vs. Domingo Pilarte +105||Bantamweight|
|Andre Ewell -135 vs. Jonathan Martinez +105||Bantamweight|
UFC 247 countdown
- Campbell: … if Jones lets him
- on the main card in Houston