Jon Jones And Thiago Santos Both Left UFC 239 In Wheelchairs After Their Epic Clash

Both Jon Jones and Thiago Santos left the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in wheelchairs after their epic main-event clash at UFC 239.

Brazilian Santos, 35, came close to a major upset on Saturday night against 'Bones,' but he ultimately fell short of capturing the UFC light heavyweight championship.

And ESPN has released footage that shows the toll that the fight took on both MMA fighters.

Jones, 31, was carried out of the octagon on one leg and can be seen in the wheelchair with his left ankle wrapped up.

The UFC superstar picked up a split decision victory over Santos in UFC 239's star-studded card.

Judges each scored the fight 48-47, with two of them backing the reigning light heavyweight champion over Santos.

Jones came out to praise Santos for his performance following on from their clash inside the octagon.

"Oh my goodness, boy was he tough," he said.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"Thiago, we all know his best chances of winning this fight was by knockout, I played it smart, and I brought home the gold for my family and my team.

"He was just technically a lot more sound than I thought.

"Thiago is a black belt in Muay Thai, I'm proud of myself for standing there with him."

Santos, who came close to handing Jones his first legitimate defeat inside the octagon, unleashed devastating kicks on his opponent in the match.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

But it came at a cost as he injured his left knee in his attempt to dethrone Jones from the top of the light heavyweight division.

'Marreta' admitted that he felt something went wrong in the first round, but he refused to pin the blame of his defeat on his injury.

"In the beginning of the first round, something went out," he explained.

"Something in my knee went out, but there's no whining, it is what it is."

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