It’s fight week for UFC 247! And that means all the scheduled media events, hype building, and preparations are well underway ahead of this Saturday’s PPV event in Houston, TX. In the main event, light heavyweight king Jon Jones will look to maintain his death grip on the division against fast rising new challenger Dominick Reyes. This will be the third defense of Jones’ latest title reign, having regained the belt for the third time against Alexander Gustafsson back in December of 2018.
Ahead of his upcoming bout, Jones sat down to take questions from the media on a whole variety of topics. Jones spoke about his excitement for fight week, his expectations of Reyes as an opponent, and about his intentions to prolong his championship reign for as long as possible.
“My goal is to be here for an extremely long time,” Jones said. “I want to be here for the whole next decade, and I want to be champion for this next decade. I mean, I look at Daniel Cormier as an inspiration. For him to be champion at 40-years-old - dominating guys much younger than him - he lets me know that, if I do the right things and really take care of myself, there’s no reason why we can’t keep up with this next generation of fighters—this next decade of fighters. So, that’s the goal, that’s the motivation. Thank you for the motivation, Daniel Cormier.”
UFC 247 takes place Saturday, 8th from the Toyota Center, in Houston, TX. Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes is expected for the PPV main event. A women’s flyweight title fight between Valentina Shevchenko and Katlyn Chookagian is set for the night’s co-main. Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for more news and updates as the card approaches.