UFC light-heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, might've retained his title against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247, but he had to dig down deep to do so as his opponent gave him the best fight of his storied career. Reyes' brilliant boxing combinations throughout the first three rounds took Jones and everyone watching by surprise.
However, Bones' relentless pressure and leg attacks eventually depleted Reyes' cardio, allowing the champion to take control of the latter end of the scrap. It was certainly one of the toughest title fights Jones has ever been in, as it looked like he might lose the belt in what would've been one of the biggest upsets in UFC history.
Although all three judges agreed that he won the bout, Reyes should walk away from this match-up feeling extremely positive. While he didn't win the title, he certainly proved that he was more than capable of taking on arguably the greatest of all time and making the fight competitive.
Valentina Shevchenko put on an absolute masterclass against Katlyn Chookagian, battering her opponent around the Octagon for three rounds before smashing her face in with some nasty ground and pound for the finish. The UFC women's flyweight champion gave Chookagian no opportunity to get into the fight, as she perfectly avoided her attacks and landed warning shots to establish her range.
If her striking wasn't more than enough of a threat, Chookagian also had to be aware of Shevchenko's takedowns too. Sadly for her, she wasn't able to stop them and when Bullet took her down in the third round, it signalled the beginning of the end for the Pennsylvanian. Shevchenko effortlessly transitioned to side control and then into the crucifix position, before landing unanswered ground and pound which forced the referee to jump in.
Samoan knockout artist, Justin Tafa, played the role of the hometown spoiler, landing a devastating a right hook-right hook combination on Houston, Texas native, Juan Adams, that put him on his backside. Tafa was patient in his approach, but as soon as he saw an opening, he landed a punch that put Adams on wobbly legs, then the combo that ended his fellow heavyweight's night early.
Main Card Results
Jon Jones defeats Dominick Reyes via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)