Jon Jones entered the Octagon to defend his prized Light Heavyweight title in the tense confrontation at the UFC 247 card. A relatively young and unbeaten fighter who would end up giving the defending champion a run for his money. Although Jones was able to keep his championship, the kid’s performance left the MMA community in amazement, and many thought he should have won the fight.
Jon Jones, who is known for his dominance and destruction in the octagon, failed to put on a dominant fight as the young kid gave Bones the toughest time of his UFC career. This not only tested Jon’s ability to overcome the adversity and come out on top even on his worst days.
It was evident that the 33-year-old had come prepared for a war. From the very first bell, he refused to be frightened by the champion’s legendary reputation over the first two rounds of the competition, matching Jones’ fighting style. Moreover, the crowd stood up as Reyes impressed them with his dexterous movement, powerful strikes, and brave manner.
As the rounds progressed, it became evident that this was not going to be an easy night for Jon Jones. Reyes’s ability to stay on his feet and avoid takedowns was a testament to his defensive prowess.
Ultimately, Jon Jones won a dramatic and closely fought encounter, with all three judges scoring the fight in his favor 48-47, 48-47, and 49-46. Despite the decision, Dominick Reyes out-struck Jones and connected with a greater amount of critical strikes throughout the bout.
Jon Jones talking about his fight with Dominick Reyes pic.twitter.com/AYe5TreszU
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In the latest interview, Jon Jones candidly admitted the challenge Reyes posed. He revealed that he had to mentally talk himself through the fight. Jones explained how he was mentally talking to himself, saying, Don’t get knocked down by this kid “Let the kid have it“, Going forward, he even stated, “He was giving me a true f*cking run for my money, he was the only other person to do it to me outside of Gustafsson”.
However, his striking accuracy and powerful shots kept Jones on the defensive, and at times. It seemed like the challenger was on the verge of making history.
Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes UFC 247: Ultimate showdown of two superstars
MMA fans will always remember the fight between Jon Jones and Dominick Reyes at UFC 247. Dominick Reyes showed his grit and talent by competing head-to-head with one of the best champions in the history of MMA. While Jon Jones overcame one of the biggest obstacles of his career, the fight also demonstrated his resiliency and mental toughness.
The performance of Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 will always be regarded as the occasion when a young fighter came only a few inches from overthrowing a great fighter.
A lot of gold on the line at #UFC295🏆
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Looking ahead, the main event of UFC 295 will feature Jon Jones making his first title defense of the heavyweight title against former two-time champion Stipe Miocic on November 11, 2023. Although Jones has greatness in the heavyweight division in his sights, he will always remember the night Dominick Reyes tested him to the limit.