By Tawny Cox
Jon Jones added another name to his long list of victories this past Saturday, February 8, at UFC 247 in Houston, Texas. He handed Dominick Reyes his first loss to win a close match via unanimous decision to surpass George St. Pierre for most title defenses in UFC history at 14.
Opinions on who should’ve got the nod are indifferent to say the least. Jones announced via social media that after watching the fight he and his team are confident the decision was earned, not given. He defends his victory by stating, “Dominick 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, 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.”
Dominick Reyes is calling for an immediate against Jones. He tweets, “So we running it back in LA or Vegas? @Jonnybones #rematch #champvschamp #pplschamp @ufc.” ESPN’s Brett Okamoto agrees with Reyes saying that after he rewatched the fight with no distractions, he scored 48-47, “Reyes won that.” He exclaims it wasn’t a “robbery” and Jones deserves credit where credit is due.
Another theme of the card was the questionable judging. Joe Rogan pointed out during the co-main event the judges weren’t even watching. After the fights concluded, Dana White told the press, “I think there was a lot of controversy tonight, Texas doesn’t have enough experience with big-time fights, You saw it in the reffing and you saw it in the scoring tonight. There are people very upset right now.” Even Dana’s son thought Reyes should have won the fight. His son thinks, “the fix is in or something.”
An immediate rematch could very well be what is next for Jon Jones and Dominick Reyes.