Jon Jones retained his light heavyweight title after beating Dominick Reyes via unanimous decision at the UFC 247 last night. Though, his victory was controversial.
Judges’ Questionable Decision
According to the scorecards, Jones won this one 48-47, 48-47, 49-46, and confidently beat his rival. However, all those who watched the fight (including the author of this text), had a different opinion.
Reyes was at least equal with the champion in this one. Over the first three rounds, the undefeated challenger was pressuring Bones, going straight forward, and not allowing him to breathe.
We’ve seen several pretty nasty punches from Reyes, which clearly hurt Jones. When looking at the overall number of significant strikes, Reyes had a clear advantage, 116-104.
Jones was better in the final two rounds when he had a couple of takedowns, and once he finally broke Reyes’ stance, landing two excellent punches. But still, according to many, it wasn’t enough for his win, let alone unanimous decision.
When the reporters asked the champ what does he think about the final outcome, he stated that he earned one “hard-fought” win.
“A hard-earned victory but a victory,” said Jones.
Meanwhile, Reyes was shocked by the ruling stating that he can’t agree with it, adding that it is disrespectful towards him.
“I do feel disrespected,” he said. “I know I won that fight.”
Dana White, as well as some other big names from the MMA world, were shocked by scoring. White stated out loud that he disagrees with the scorecards.
Ariel Helwani immediately called for a rematch, saying that he believes that Reyes beat Jones.
Jones’ schedule is clear, and at the moment, there are no fights announced, which might be the opportunity actually to see the rematch between these two guys. Israel Adesanya is constantly calling out Jones, but for now, the champion isn’t willing to give him a chance to take his belt.
There were some talks that Bones might go to the upper category and clash Stipe Miocic, but there were no serious pushes in that direction.
The reactions on social networks regarding the idea of seeing the rematch between Jones and Reyes are mostly positive, but the champ has the last word.
Valentina Shevchenko Defends Her Title
The “Bullet” as the fans call her, defeated Kathlyn Chookagian via TKO after she ground-and-pounded the challenger with 1:03 left in the third round.
It was another display of her domination, and Chookagian didn’t stand a chance against the Kyrgistani-Peruvian champion. She did resist and gave her best, but it was far from needed to stop Shevchenko.
Her kicks to the lower area of Chookagian’s legs were severy damaging the rival’s movement, and she created a nasty cut above the rival’s eye already in the first round.
This was the third title-defense for Shevchenko, who stated that she feels ready for more challenges in the 125-pound category. Her future plans aren’t quite known, but according to many experts from this area, the Bullet wants to fight Amanda Nunes and avenge her two previous losses.