It wasn't easy for Jon Jones, but the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion retained his title in the UFC 247 main event, narrowly defeating Dominick Reyes by decision. The championship rounds were the difference in the fight as Jones pulled away late, taking the fourth and fifth rounds, while also taking one of the early rounds on two scorecards. On judge had Jones winning four rounds to one.
Here's how fighters reacted to Jones' decision victory.
Close fight. I see it 3-2 but wouldn’t be surprised if it went the other way!— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) February 9, 2020
To be the champ, you gotta beat the champ! #UFC247— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) February 9, 2020
Humble so each by Jones. Fair play.— michael (@bisping) February 9, 2020
Not sure about the score cards . They awarded pressure tonight . What scores more PRESSURE or point strikes ? There’s is no concrete answer . We need a standard judging system! #UFC247— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) February 9, 2020
I don't agree with the scoring. But I knew I could've went either way.#UFC247— Corey Anderson UFC (@CoreyA_MMA) February 9, 2020
OMG! What a wonderful performance for Reyes?! -- #UFC247— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) February 9, 2020
This is embarrassing for the sport.— Sam Alvey (@smilensam) February 9, 2020
The decisions tonight were all wrong . They need vet fighters to become judges for our sport— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) February 9, 2020
I had Reyes in the first three rounds. Credit to Jones on coming on strong 4th and 5th but I would of guessed Reyes won that fight on scorecards.— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) February 9, 2020
No not 49-46 at all https://t.co/ioAjbgcpY9— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) February 9, 2020
And they showed the graphic with Reyes landing more sig strikes the first 3rds....these judges smh #UFC247— Gerald Meerschaert (@The_Real_GM3) February 9, 2020
49-46 wtf was that person watching. My gawd! #UFC247— Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) February 9, 2020
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