Jon Jones was the heavy favourite coming into title protection on Saturday at UFC 247 in opposition to Dominick Reyes and rightfully so due to Jones’ reign of terror over the light heavyweight division.  

Reyes offered Jones with arguably the stiffest check of his profession regardless of being a giant underdog. But, on the finish of the day, Jones confirmed the guts of the champion within the remaining rounds to narrowly defeat Reyes by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47) to retain the light heavyweight title. The decision did not go over effectively with the followers on the Toyota Center in Houston, who felt the challenger had achieved greater than sufficient to win. Sporting News had the combat scored 48-47 for Reyes.

“I knew it was a really close right and I turned it on in the fifth round,” Jones mentioned in his post-fight interview. “That fifth round won me the fight. Those takedowns won me the fight.”

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Reyes (12-1) got here out a person possessed by doing what most of Jones’ opponents do not do and got here proper at him. The technique proved to be efficient as his signature left hand and legs kicks have been Reyes’ greatest weapons. He combined up his hanging effectively and used mixtures that had Jones backing up for the primary two rounds. 

Much of the identical was taking place within the third spherical till about midway by Jones ramped up the stress to check Reyes’ cardio to see if he might undergo a 25-minute struggle. 

As the combat entered the championship rounds, Jones confirmed why he is maybe the very best of all-time. After Reyes shocked him and had him on the ropes within the opening seconds, Jones was relentless and acquired scoring takedown after takedown. To his credit score, Reyes stored getting up however the power spent staying off his again had taken its toll. 

The fifth spherical belonged to Jones. He managed the Octagon, landed the more durable photographs and was the aggressor all through the final 5 minutes whereas Reyes rode his bicycle within the remaining two minutes considering he had the combat within the bag. When the ultimate horn sounded, each guys felt that they had achieved sufficient to win. 

Throwing away the horrific 49-46 scorecard, it comes down to how one views the third spherical. While he did not stroll out of the “Lonestar State” with the gold, Reyes held his head up although there are folks out who felt he did greater than sufficient to dethrone Jones.

“I thought I won [rounds] 1 through 3,” Reyes mentioned. “He was on me 4 and 5. I had him 1 through 3, I was all over him. I’ll get better. I know I will.”

With his hardest opponent behind him, what’s subsequent for Jones? Will he lastly make the trek up to heavyweight? Stay at 205 kilos? 

“I’m going to have to talk to my coaches and figure out what I want to do,” Jones mentioned.

An instant rematch anybody? If there is a combat that deserves one, it is this one.

Here is what occurred at UFC 247.

UFC 247 dwell outcomes, updates

Round 5: That remaining spherical belonged to Jones. He shored up his hanging and combined it up to dominate the final 5 minutes. Don’t know what Reyes was doing within the final two minutes. Instead of combating, he was appearing like he already gained as a result of his nook advised him he was forward and simply had to survive. Let’s go to the scorecards. Remember we’re in Texas. (10-9 Jones, 48-47 Reyes)

Round 4: The spherical started with Reyes coming in and rocking Jones with a collection of photographs. Knowing he was in hassle, Jones instantly rushed in for a takedown. Reyes initially stuffed it however Jones was relentless and at last acquired it. But the need of Reyes allowed him to proceed to stand up. Jones discovered one thing with his hanging on the finish of the spherical that did it for him. Jones wants a stoppage to win. (10-9 Jones, 39-37 Reyes)

Round 3: Good spherical for each guys. The stress Jones is making use of has Reyes backpedaling and exhausted. But Reyes linked extra and stayed energetic and stuffed a giant takedown try by Jones. Can Jones captialize on the exhaustion of Reyes as a result of he is in hassle? (10-9 Reyes, 30-27 Reyes)

Round 2: Don’t get why Jones is preserving it on the toes. A takedown can win the combat. Reyes is throwing in mixtures whereas Jones goes one by one. Reyes is touchdown the more durable photographs, maintaining his tempo and letting Jones know he is not going wherever. (10-9 Reyes, 20-18 Reyes)

Round 1: for those who thought Reyes would lay down for Jones, assume once more. Reyes managed the motion on the toes, together with dropping Jones with a straight left hand and beautiful him on multiple event. Shocked Jones hasn’t tried to get Reyes down. (10-9, Reyes)

12:29 a.m.: It is time for the primary occasion of UFC 247 as Jon Jones defends the light heavyweight championship in opposition to No. 4-ranked Dominick Reyes. Jones (25-1, one no-contest) competes for the primary time in 2020 after defeating Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos final 12 months. Reyes (12-0) roars into the combat of his life, knocking out former middleweight champion Chris Weidman within the first spherical again in October. 

Is Reyes the man to dethrone Jones? We are about to discover out.

Valentina Shevchenko decimates Katlyn Chookagian to retain ladies’s flyweight title

12:15 a.m.: Shevchenko def. Chookagian by TKO at 1:03 of the third spherical to retain the ladies’s flyweight championship.

Shevchenko dominated from the soar and it solely appeared to be a matter of time after making it look simple after two rounds. Chookagian began to get some success within the third spherical when Shevchenko took her down and landed in aspect management. Shevchenko acquired Chookagian into the crucifix place and the champion took it from there. With Chookagian unable to do something, Shevchenko unloaded a barrage of photographs till the referee stepped in and put an finish to the beating.

Who goes to beat Shevchenko at 125 kilos? It’s going to take somebody particular to get it achieved.

Round 2: A dominant spherical for Shevchenko. She linked on a again spinning wheel kick to the pinnacle which was completely flawless. And when she sees a gap than she took Chookagian again down to the mat. Chookagian has to absolutely commit to her photographs. Can’t go half velocity. With Shevchenko, it is both you go all in or get blasted out.

Round 1: Shevchenko is such a pleasure to watch. Her hanging is crisp and on level. The finish of the spherical noticed Shevchenko taking Chookagian down and, moments later, slicing her head open with a vicious elbow. Chookagian is gushing blood over her left eyebrow. (10-9 Shevchenko)

11:50 p.m.: It is time for the co-main occasion of UFC 247 as Valentina Shevchenko defends her ladies’s flyweight title in opposition to No. 1-ranked Katlyn Chookagian. 

If it weren’t for girls’s bantamweight and featherweight champion, Amanda Nunes, we’d be speaking about Shevchenko (18-3) as the very best feminine competitor on the planet. Shevchenko is 7-2 within the UFC with each losses coming to Nunes at 135 kilos. She gained the vacant 125-pound strap in opposition to Joanna Jedrzeczyk at UFC 231. Since then, Shevchenko scored one of the crucial violent knockouts in latest reminiscence over Jessica Eye in June after which a dominant decision in opposition to Liz Carmouche in August. 

After dropping to Eye in a detailed decision that the majority felt she gained on the aforementioned UFC 231, Chookagian (13-2) has earned back-to-back wins vs. Joanne Calderwood and Jennifer Maia to safe the championship alternative with one of many premier skills within the sport.

Will Chookagian grow to be the one not named Nunes to maintain Shevchenko?

Justin Tafa blasts by Juan Adams in underneath two minutes

11:40 p.m.: Tafa def. Adams by TKO at 1:59 of the primary spherical. 

Tafa would not receives a commission by the hour. A examine proper hook wobbled Adams. Sensing he might shut the present, Tafa blasted Adams with a proper uppercut to ship him to the canvas. A couple of floor and pound punches was all she wrote for Tafa to notch his first UFC win. 

11:30 p.m.: Right now at UFC 247, Justin Tafa faces Juan Adams. Tafa (3-1) has gained all of his fights by knockout. Adams (5-2) seems again to get again on the profitable monitor after dropping to former NFL star Greg Hardy in July. The heavyweight division wants extra blood and the winner continues their development in the direction of the higher tier.

Dan Ige extends his win streak to 5, beating Mirsad Bektic

11:20 p.m.: Ige def. Bektic by way of split-decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).

If you’re a fan of grappling then this was the combat for you. If not, then hopefully you stayed awake. Ige clearly gained the primary spherical, Bektic took the second. The third was shut and will have gone both method. A good win for Ige that runs his profitable streak to 5 and must be within the rankings subsequent week within the 145-pound division.

10:55 p.m.: Up subsequent at UFC 247, Mirsad Bektić meets Dan Ige in featherweight motion. Ige (12-2) rides a four-fight profitable streak heading in as he competes on the largest card of his profession. An fascinating story about Ige is that he is additionally an MMA supervisor. Bektic (13-2) wants to achieve some consistency as he is 2-2 in his final 4. A showcase bout for each guys right here. Who can get it achieved?

Derrick Lewis narrowly will get by Ilir Latifi

10:44 p.m.: Lewis def. Latifi by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). 

People will say Latifi ought to have gotten the nod for what he did for chunk of the third spherical. Until the final minute, it regarded like it could go the Swede’s method. But went Lewis went “Beast Mode” and unloaded every thing together with the kitchen sink and wobbled Latifi on multiple event. Remember, Latifi did nothing with his groundwork. You can take somebody down however for those who do nothing with it, one should not get the factors. 

A stable win for Lewis. Hopefully, he stays within the fine condition he was in at UFC 247. It will do him good within the heavyweight division.

10:32 p.m.: It’s about time that the referee stood Latifi and Lewis up. What was he ready for? Latifi did nothing with the place he had. I’m about to go to sleep as we enter the third spherical.

10:15 p.m.: The predominant card of UFC 247 begins with No. 6-ranked Derrick Lewis taking up Ilir Latifi in heavyweight motion. Lewis (22-7, one no-contest) snapped a two-fight dropping streak, defeating Blagoy Ivanov by split-decision at UFC 244. Latifi (15-7, one no-contest) is making his debut at heavyweight. He strikes up after dropping back-to-back bouts. Can Lewis get it achieved in his hometown and make one other run in the direction of a title shot?

10:01 p.m.: A stunning tribute to the late Kobe Bryant.

 

 

9:33 p.m.: The champ is right here.

 

 

9:30 p.m.: Welcome to Sporting News’ dwell protection of UFC 247, headlined by the return of Jon Jones, as he defends the light heavyweight championship in opposition to Dominick Reyes. Grab the refreshments, sit again, loosen up and revel in what must be an thrilling evening of motion. 

UFC 247 undercard outcomes

  • Khaos Williams def. Alex Morono by way of knockout at 0:27 of the first-round; Welterweight
  • Mario Bautista def. Miles Johns by TKO at 1:41 of the second-round TKO; Bantamweight
  • Journey Newson def. Domingo Pilarte by way of TKO at 0:38 of the first-round; Bantmaweight
  • Andre Ewell def. Jonathan Martinez by break up decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28); Bantamweight
  • Youssef Zalal def. Austin Lingo by way of unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27); Featherweight

UFC 247 combat card

Main card

  • Jon Jones (c) vs. Dominick Reyes for Jones’ Light Heavyweight title
  • Valentina Shevchenko (c) vs. Katlyn Chookagian for Shevchenko’s Women’s Flyweight title
  • Juan Adams vs. Justin Tafa; Heavyweight 
  • Mirsad Bektić vs. Dan Ige; Featherweight 
  • Derrick Lewis vs. Ilir Latifi; Heavyweight 

Preliminary card

  • Trevin Giles vs. James Krause; Middleweight 
  • Alex Morono vs. Kalinn Williams; Welterweight 
  • Lauren Murphy vs. Andrea Lee; Women’s Flyweight 
  • Mario Bautista vs. Miles Johns; Bantamweight
  • Bantamweight Miles Johns vs. Mario Bautista
  • Bantamweight Journey Newson vs. Domingo Pilarte
  • Bantamweight Andre Ewell vs. Jonathan Martinez
  • Austin Lingo vs. Youssef Zalal; Featherweight
     

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