Jon Jones defended his UFC light heavyweight title with a victory over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247. The fight took place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
The judges scored the fight 48-47, 48-47, 49-46 in favour of Jon Jones. It was the scorecard of the third judge which was controversial. Joe Solis who was the third judge scored the fight 49-46. He had Jones winning four of the five rounds.
Jon Jones held to a higher standard by fans
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones believes that he won the fight. He also 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. “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)
Dana White on the judging at UFC 247
UFC president Dana White also spoke about the atrocious judging at UFC 247. He said that the reason for this was because of the inexperience of the Nevada State Athletic Commissions.
It’s true in some sense as well. Texas rarely gets big fights as the majority of them end up in Las Vegas or California.
“One of the problems with Texas is that these guys don’t have a lot of big fight experience. Mark Rattner and Hunter Campbell need to work with the Texas Athletic Commission to, you know, try and make these things better.
“You know, they have to realize that what they take away from these guys, when they put people in there that let’s just say don’t have the experience or maybe even the knowledge, to be a part of these big fights.
“If you make it into the UFC, you don’t even have to be at the Jon Jones or Dominick Reyes level of the fight. The first prelim of the night. These kids finally made it to the UFC and a lot is at stake. You cannot put the wrong people in these fights. Even with some of the reffing tonight. You know, it is one of these things that we are always going to battle.” Dana White told Aaron Bronsteter of TSN. (H/T – BJPenn.com)
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