UFC News: Jon Jones claims Dominick Reyes ‘started to give up’ during their fight and tells him to ‘take responsibility’ for the loss

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UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is doubling down on fans who think he lost at UFC 247. Jon Jones defeated Dominick Reyes in a close-fought fight at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

The judges scored the fight 48-47, 48-47, 49-46 in favour of Jon Jones. Fans in the arena started booing at the decision as they felt Reyes should have been the winner.

Dominick Reyes started to give up?

Jon Jones fired back at his critics in a series of tweets where he explained why he won the fight. One of the most important points of criticism fans have regarding the decision is the strikes landed by both fighters.

Reyes outstruck Jones (116-104). Likewise, Reyes outstruck Jones in terms of total strikes (119-107) as well. Reyes also outstruck Jones in terms of significant strikes in the first three rounds (23-17, 33-22, 26-19).

Jones doubled down on twitter stating that Reyes only had 12 more strikes in the fight. He said that he scored more takedowns, was the aggressor, control the octagon every round, had more significant strikes landed. Jones also said that Dominick started to give up in the later rounds.

Dominic out-struck me by literally 12 shots. I scored the takedowns, was the aggressor, controlled the octagon every round, had more significant strikes landed. Dom completely stopped fighting in the championship rounds and has the audacity to be mad at the judges.

Don’t be mad at the judges, be mad at Dom’s conditioning guy. Man started to give up when the water got deep and is now going around doing interviews talking about being robbed. When will these young boys start taking responsibility – that’s what’s wrong with boys these days.”

Jon Jones held to a higher standard by fans

Following his win at UFC 247, he said that the reason behind the scrutiny by fans is because he is held to a different standard by virtue of his track record inside the Octagon.

I think it was Gilbert Melendez and I think it was Dominick Cruz, they did an interview where they watched my Thiago Santos fight,” Jon Jones stated during the UFC 247 post-fight press conference. “They watched it without commentary and they also watched it after some time had passed and they got to look at it without all of the emotion. And they realized maybe this fight, maybe Jon really did win this fight. So I think maybe I have set a high standard.”

Out of thirty fights, maybe three people have put me into an actual competitive match,” Jones said. “Seeing me with black eyes, seeing me get punched is not something that happens every time I show up. So people definitely get really excited, even when an opponent throws a jab. At one point I fell to the ground, I wasn’t hurt and bounced back up, but the fans loved that! So it’s hard when people expect great things out of you at all moments. I’m still a martial artist like everyone else, I bleed, I have insecurities, I have a weakness, I have pain right now.”

So it’s hard when you’re not only fighting for these records, but you’re also fighting for these peoples approval. You’re fighting to look extraordinary every time!” (H/T – BJPenn.com)

Do you guys agree with Jon Jones?


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