Jon’Bones’ Jones overcome Dominick Reyes to keep his light heavyweight crown and also place a new record for the most wins in UFC title conflicts.
His 14th title combat triumph came through a unanimous decision over previously undefeated challenger Reyes at the primary event of UFC 247 at Houston, Texas.
When the scores were announcedthat the stadium was full of a combination of boos and cheers.
Jones, 32, has been granted the conclusion 48-47, 48-47 and 49-46.
“To break a record, to be a part of UFC history in this way, I wouldn’t want it easy,” stated Jones.
“If this material was easy, everyone out there in the viewer will do it. It’s a very hard thing I did tonight.
“Dominick is tall, so he is big, he’s powerful, he had been well trained. He’s a good deal better than I thought he had been. He pumped out everyone else he has scrapped pretty much. He was a worthy competitor.”
Reyes, 30, began the name fight in a furious pace as he set the winner under pressure from the opening rounds.
The challenger pushed forwards and found a house for his attacks as he pressured Jones on the rear for long spells in the first half of this struggle.
But Jones’ five-round encounter began to reveal in the second half as the winner poured on the pressure from the tournament rounds.
“Dominick did a huge job,” Jones added following the verdict.
“Dominick, you’ve completely earned my admiration, man. That was a fantastic battle.
“I feel that the difference in the struggle was takedowns. I could not keep him down for a long time, but I had been carrying him down. It was shut from the kickboxing trades, he landed several difficult shots, but I think my takedowns gave me the advantage.
“I understood it was a very close battle, and I flipped it up in the fifth round. That fifth round won me that the struggle. Those takedowns won me the struggle.”
Reyes, meanwhile, was philosophical after dropping out to the scorecards at a struggle he firmly believed he had won.
“I thought that I won [rounds] one through three,” he explained.
“He was four and five, he is a winner. He obtained those takedowns in the conclusion, but I popped back up. I didn’t think they would be a variable in the end.
“But I had him one through three. I was all over him. It is what it is. I’ll get better. This just proves that I’m the real deal.”
Shevchenko dominates again
In the nighttime’s co-main occasion, UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko cemented her dominance using a clinical third-round TKO victory over number one competition Katlyn Chookagian.
Shevchenko, 31, commanded the variety against Chookagian’s stick-and-move striking style and penalized that the American whenever she transferred inside the Kyrgyzstan world winner’s striking selection.
And that a hat-trick of takedowns, one in every round, proved critical, together with the third attempt early in around three setting up the end as she secured the crucifix place and ended the battle with a salvo of floor strikes to induce the stoppage in the 1:03 markers.
After her success, Shevchenko stated she “expected a ground KO” complete, also added that she’s about to take on whoever the UFC places facing her.
“I feel there’s a lot of talented, very good girls in the 125 (lbs) division, and I feel I have to fight them,” she explained.
“I’m open for anything, I’m open for any fight that happens in the future.”