FOR someone who sincerely believes he won the fight, Jon Jones sure appears to be very defensive on social media.
At UFC 247, Jones won via unanimous decision over Dominick Reyes, but the verdict was far from convincing.
Many thought Reyes did enough in the first three rounds-enough to offset Jones’s dominance in the last two.
Even in the post fight interview, Jones appeared insecure and felt he had to convince the crown he deserved the victory by claiming that the takedowns earned him the victory.
A week later, and Jones appears to be quite vocal on Twitter, even twitting Reyes about having the audacity to complain about the judges when he should be blaming his conditioning.
I thought Reyes did pull it off, but I have completely no problem about the decision. The 2nd and 3rd could arguably have been given to either man, and with Jones dominant in the 4th and 5th, it’s completely acceptable for the champ to retain his belt.
Hell, I’ve seen worse decisions in my life. To me it’s quite enough that Jones has acknowledged Reyes to have been a tough, worthy opponent and to consider him a new rival.
GARCIA. There appears to be a new sheriff in the lightweight division, and he’s packing the big guns. Just yesterday, Ryan Garcia scored a vicious one punch knockout in just 1:20 of the first round against Francisco Fonseca.
Just as Fonseca (25-3, 19 KOs) appeared to be following up on his jab with a right hand, Garcia timed him perfectly by uncorking a booming left hook that landed right on the button, sending Fonseca crashing down like had been shot.
As he fell, the ref took one look at Fonseca- who appeared wide-eyed and in shock, staring blankly at the ceiling and promptly waived the fight off, not even bothering to count.
This knockout victory follows a similarly impressive knockout win over Pinoy pug Romy Duno in just 1:38 of the first round last November 2.
With his latest conquest, Garcia who successfully defended his WBC Silver lightweight crown moved his record to 20-0 with 17 via the abbreviated route.
The 135 division is quite deep, and Garcia certainly still has a lot to prove, but with the dynamite he packs in his fists, we are surely in a for treat everytime this young man steps inside the ring.
VERBATIM. “I don’t think people realize how many ways this has been a blessing for me. Humbling, record-breaking, financially, a new rival, got to bring out the dog...," Jon Jones on Twitter (@JonnyBones).
LAST ROUND. It’s on the wifey- my favorite judge, Hon. Charina Navarro-Quijano who celebrates her birthday tomorrow. Cheers!
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