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Jon Jones scored a razor-close victory over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 to set a new UFC record.
'Bones' beat Reyes in the main-event to record a historic 14th UFC title fight victory.
STILL THE CHAMP.
:trophy:☠️ @JonnyBones gets the unanimous decision! #UFC247 pic.twitter.com/V1hGZOUjI3
- UFC (@ufc) February 9, 2020
Reyes started tremendously, applying pressure from the start, throwing power shots. He then appeared to drop Jones as he clearly won the opening round.
The challenger continued his blistering start by attacking Jones' legs in the second round. The champion responded to Reyes' early onslaught by pressuring him, successfully landing leg kicks and a stinging left hook.
Jones pressed Reyes in the third round, catching him with strikes before attempting a takedown.
Jones came out grappling in the championship rounds, sticking to Reyes like glue as the judges awarded him the fight.
Jon Jones' victory over Dominick Reyes tonight further cements his UFC legacy:
14 title fight wins, most in UFC history.
11 title defenses, tied with Demetrious Johnson for most in UFC history.
20 victories in a single division, 1st fighter in UFC history to accomplish this. pic.twitter.com/WKFtvMTc0M
- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 9, 2020
The 32-year-old has defended his belt three times in his second reign as light-heavyweight champion.
His second reign as 205lbs king began with a win over Anthony Smith then a victory against Thiago Santos.
"That fifth-round won me the fight" - @JonnyBones#UFC247 pic.twitter.com/YVkSpK2x45
- UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) February 9, 2020
Speaking after the fight, Jones said: "Dominick did a tremendous job. Dominick, you have totally earned my respect, that was a great fight. I think the difference in the fight was takedowns. I couldn't keep him down for too long, but I was taking him down.
"That fifth round won me the fight. Those takedowns won me the fight. I believe in my whole heart I won that fight, it was very close."
Reyes said: "I thought I won one through three. He was on me four and five, he's a champion, he got those takedowns at the end, but I popped right back up, I didn't think they'd be a factor... it is what it is, I'll get better. This just proves I'm the real deal."
The win moves Jones to 26-1-(1) in his career with a move up in weight to the heavyweight division potentially on the cards after he teased a super fight with Stipe Miocic.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Jones def. Reyes by unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46).
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