It wasn't the spectacular finish that fans wanted by Jon Jones but his UFC Light Heavyweight Title reign continued at UFC 239 as he picked up a split decision victory against Thiago Santos. The challenger was a game opponent, attacking the legs of Jones and making him hesitate with big power punches. However, the diverse striking attack of Jones and a leg injury that left Santos slightly less mobile were too much for the Brazilian to overcome.
Here's how fighters reacted to the decision.
Such respect! I’ll be waiting for the rematch! Amazing fight through adversity by santos !— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) July 7, 2019
And new— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) July 7, 2019
I had to look through twitter feed to see if I was the only one that thought santos won. I am not the only one— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) July 7, 2019
@TMarretaMMA congrats for pushing forward and giving us a show— Roy Nelson (@roynelsonmma) July 7, 2019
Honestly I think Jones could have done better too he looked bored or unmotivated. Who knows— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) July 7, 2019
Hmm. Nice cw fight ---- #ufc239— JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) July 7, 2019
Santos fought great but honestly I thought Jones won 4 of those rds— James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) July 7, 2019
Jones didn't win that one but as they say you have to beat the champ to be the champ.— Will Brooks (@ILLxWillBrooks) July 7, 2019
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