Jon Jones managed to leave the T-Mobile Arena last night with his status as champion in-tact, despite a less-than-convincing victory over Thiago Santos.
It was one of those fights that could well have been scored either way when all was said and done but all in all, it was the Brazilian who seemed to be landing the better shots throughout the fight and generally, it was Santos who was looking for the kill.
Despite sustaining a nasty injury to his knee early on and regardless of repeated instances of that same knee buckling, Thiago continued to do everything to score the KO of his opponent – even if Jones’ defensive work was excellent throughout.
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It was Santos who seemed to be doing enough by the time the final round came around but according to two of the three ringside judges, the champ’s ability to pick his man apart was the deciding factor between the two.
It was a fight that will no doubt divide opinion but also one that, in many ways, could be seen as too tight to be considered a ‘robbery’ in the traditional sense of the word.
The cost of victory…
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Both men took to the mic directly after the fight to give Joe Rogan their thoughts on how the fight went down – something that saw Jones greeted with a chorus of boos from the crowd.
Upon speaking directly to the UFC colour-commentator, he expressed his satisfaction with his ability to hang in there with muay-thai black-belt before commending him on his uncoachable toughness in the bout’s later moments.