Jon Jones retained his light heavyweight belt with a unanimous decision over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 on Saturday night. UFC president Dana White isn’t sure that was how it should have gone, though, and said he believes it should have been scored for Reyes.
At the Toyota Center in Houston after UFC 247, White said he thought Reyes won the first three rounds and Jones the final two. The third round is the questionable one that split fans, judges and White. The judges gave the victory to Jones (26-1 MMA, 20-1 UFC) in all five.
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“The scoring was all over the map,” White said. “… Going into the last round, I had Dominick Reyes 3-1 going to the last round. My kids are terrorizing me that the fix is in, ‘How could this happen, Dad?, Reyes won that fight,’ and the list goes on and on of people who are reaching out to me. So it’s not like there’s this landslide of people saying it was a robbery or whatever. People have it all over the place.
“But the reality is, who gives a sh*t? We’re not judges. None of us are judges, the judges called the fight, and that’s that.”
It wasn’t clear to anyone in the arena who won at the final bell, but Jones was determined to have slid by with scores of 48-47 twice and 49-46, though the latter is extremely questionable. Yahoo Sports scored it 48-47 for Jones with the last three rounds his.
Said Reyes (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) after the fight:
“Like, who are you? I might want to have a word with you. But other than that man, I know I won that fight. I know I won that fight. I was in that fight. I don’t have to watch the replay. I was there. I made Jon Jones look like, just a man. I brought the fight to him. And, man.”
Jones first won the belt on March 19, 2011. White said he won’t rule out the possibility of a rematch. Neither Jones nor Reyes will be fighting anytime soon since both are physically banged up, White said.
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