As preparations for UFC 247 on Saturday continue, fight fans and media alike are anxious to see what stand-out headline will surface when the dust settles. Will Jon Jones tighten his stranglehold on the Light Heavyweight Division? Will Valentina Shevchenko continue her streak of four straight victories? Will Derrick Lewis provide us with another noteworthy quote after his fight? Here are three bold predictions ahead of a fascinating fight card this weekend.
1. Valentina Shevchenko Will Demand Rematch With Amanda Nunes
While Amanda Nunes has dominated the headlines for women's MMA, defeating Cris Cyborg to become a household name, Valentina Shevchenko nearly put an end to all the hype, losing to the 31-year-old by a narrow split decision. She has been the topic of super-fights all week, and it can only lead to one thing: a public call-out of Nunes to complete the trilogy.
2. Derrick Lewis Announces Run for Office in Post-Fight Octagon Interview
Think of all the wild stuff Derrick "The Black Beast" Lewis has said immediately following fights. In front of his home fans in Houston, announcing that he's seeking a run for Congress, dog catcher, public works commission, Board of Education, or Illuminati in 2020 would be one of the least surprising things he's ever done by comparison.
3. Dominick Reyes Will Be First Person to Knock Out Jon Jones
Listen, I know the prediction was for Jon Jones to win this fight and retain the belt. Yet, there is this nagging feeling that Dominick Reyes is different from any fighter Jones has faced thus far. You don't win over 50 percent of your fights by knockout for no reason, and Jones would be wise to not have his hands down at any point. After watching Reyes knock out Chris Weidman again, I'm a believer.