Despite a record-breaking win, Jon Jones’ successful title defence against Dominick Reyes wasn’t without controversy.
Edging past Reyes on all three judges’ scorecards, many had felt that the challenger had done enough to take the title from Jones in a closely contested bout, including UFC president Dana White.
With such a competitive match-up in the main event, UFC 247’s second title fight was a much more comprehensive affair.
Dominating from the get-go, Valentina Shevchenko soundly defeated Katlyn Chookagian in her third title defence as a mounted crucifix in the third round marked the beginning of the end.
Elsewhere at UFC 247 there were important wins for the likes of Dan Ige, Derrick Lewis and Lauren Murphy so here are five fights to make with the winners of Saturday’s PPV event:
Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes II
With such a controversial result of the fight and the light heavyweight division lacking clear elite contenders, an immediate rematch between Jones and Reyes wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world.
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Joanne Calderwood
Shevchenko looks nigh on unbeatable at the flyweight limit but a superfight with Amanda Nunes isn’t the most marketable or intriguing fight at the moment with two losses to ‘The Lioness’ already on her resume.
Instead, another defence of her flyweight title should be on the cards and Joanne Calderwood is probably best positioned at the moment for the call.
Making the fight in Calderwood’s native Scotland would make the bout even more interesting to boot.
Dan Ige vs. Ryan Hall
Now on a five-fight winning streak in the featherweight division, Dan Ige is establishing himself as a name to look out for going forward.
With a host of other prospects making their way up the 145 lbs division at the moment, it’s almost inevitable that a lot of them will be matched up against one another.
As Ryan Hall is routinely struggling to find opponents and Ige is as game as they come, an Ige – Hall fight would catapult the winner towards the top 10.
Derrick Lewis vs. Overeem / Harris Winner
The UFC’s heavyweight division is a mess at the moment and unfortunately a lot of fighters are in a holding pattern as a result.
Following his win over Ilir Latifi at UFC 247, Lewis is now on a two-fight winning streak but will likely have to wait for his next date thanks to a busy schedule of top contenders.
With Alistair Overeem and Walt Harris new opponents for Lewis, and the pair scheduled to meet in April, the winner should be paired up with Lewis with that eventual winner heading for a definitive title eliminator.
Lauren Murphy vs. Roxanne Modafferi
Edging out Andrea Lee via split decision, Lauren Murphy picked up her first back-to-back win since joining the UFC in 2014.
Murphy would proceed to call-out Roxanne Modafferi in her post-fight interview and ‘The Happy Warrior’ has responded in kind via Twitter.
With both women happy to fight one another, Murphy vs. Modafferi looks to be the fight to make.