Jon Jones: ‘I Believe With My Whole Heart I Won That Fight’
Despite many feeling differently, reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones felt like he did enough to deserve the win at UFC 247.
And why would he? Jones was declared the winner.
The reigning UFC light heavyweight champion earned a decision victory over top contender Dominick Reyes Saturday night. And unlike most Jones fights, this one was widely questioned by the masses.
“That fifth round won me the fight,” Jones said. “Those takedowns won me the fight. I believe with my whole heart I won that fight.”
For the 14th time in a championship match, Jones had his hand raised. That set a new record for the UFC, breaking the mark he previously held with Georges St-Pierre.
After looking unstoppable in wins over the likes of Alexander Gustafsson, Daniel Cormier and others, Jones has had a pair of tight decisions in his last two bouts. He scored a split decision vs. Thiago Santos last year at UFC 239.
Nevertheless, just as he has done all but once in his career, Jones was declared the winner.
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Cormier, one of Jones’ biggest rivals in the sport, said it was “not a robbery” that he won.
“Close fight, could have gone either way,” Cormier wrote on Twitter. “3-1 or 2-2 going into the 5th. I thought 3-2 Reyes but the fight was so close it could have gone either way.”
Not robbery. Close fight, could have gone either way. 3-1 or 2-2 going into 5th. I thought 3-2 Reyes but the fight was so close it could have gone either way.
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) February 9, 2020
UFC 247: Jones Vs. Reyes Results
Jon Jones def. Dominick Reyes via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) to remain UFC light heavyweight champion
Valentina Shevchenko def. Katlyn Chookagian via TKO (strikes) at 1:03 of Round 3 to remain UFC female flyweight champion
Justin Tafa def. Juan Adams via TKO (strikes) at 1:59 of Round 1
Dan Ige def. Mirsad Bektic via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Derrick Lewis def. Ilir Latifi via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Trevin Giles def. James Krause via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Lauren Murphy def. Andrea Lee via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Khaos Williams def. Alex Morono via KO (strike) at :27 of Round 1
Mario Bautista def. Miles Johns via TKO (flying knee/strikes) at 1:41 of Round 2
Journey Newson def. Domingo Pilarte via TKO (strikes) at :38 of Round 1
Andre Ewell def. Jonathan Martinez via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Youssef Zalal def. Austin Lingo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)