On Saturday night, Feb. 8, 2020, the UFC returns to action for their second pay-per-view event of the year, which includes two world championship bouts.
UFC 247 takes place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas and will be headlined by Jon Jones defending his light heavyweight title against Dominick Reyes. In the co-main event, Valentina Shevchenko defends her women’s flyweight title against Katlyn Chookagian.
Kicking off the ESPN preliminary card will be a bantamweight bout between Miles Johns and Mario Bautista. Johns will look to remain undefeated as a professional and move to 2-0 in the UFC when he faces a fellow exciting 135-pound prospect. After earning a UFC contract with an impressive win on Dana White’s Contender Series, “Chapo” picked up a split decision win over Cole Smith at UFC Vancouver in September.
Bautista made his Octagon debut on very short notice a little over a year ago when he faced Cory Sandhagen at UFC on ESPN+ 1 in Brooklyn. Bautista would drop that fight via submission in the first round but was able to bounce back with a “Fight of the Night” decision win over Jin Soo Son at UFC San Antonio in July.
Here is how the bantamweight bout between Miles Johns and Mario Bautista went down at UFC 247, including round-by-round scoring. For full results of the event, check them out right here.
On a personal level, this is one of the fights I’ve been looking forward to the most. They touch glove and we get underway. Johns lands a left jab and Bautista comes up short on a flying knee attempt. Bautista moving around a lot and making Johns think early on. Johns just misses a huge right hand over the top. Bautista with a jab that partially lands and has a high kick blocked. Hard jab from Johns, and another behind it. Nice counter right hand by the Texas native Johns. Both guys swing heavy and duck under the other’s attempts. Very patient approach from each fighter halfway through the first round. Another jab from Johns lands as we approach the final two minutes. Leg kick from Bautista lands, followed by a right hand, left high kick to the body combination. Right hand from Johns catches Bautista and almost drops him. They continue to trade as the round ends.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 for Johns
Bautista lands a combination early. Johns with a leg kick and just misses a big left hook. Johns lands a hard right hand and lands a left right behind it. Johns with a counter right hand lands and Bautista answers with a beautiful jab. Bautista continues to move in a lot of different ways to throw Johns off. Flying knee from Bautista catches Johns on the button. Bautista pounces and the fight is over! What a beautiful finish from Mario Bautista!
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) February 9, 2020
Official result: Mario Bautista def. Miles Johns via TKO – Round 2, 1:41