Jon Jones showed once again why he is one of the best to don the four-ounce gloves after stamping his class against Anthony Smith at UFC 235, Saturday night, at the T-mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The reigning light heavyweight champion was just too much for his challenger and not even a two-point deduction from a foul in the fourth round could affect the outcome of the lopsided fight. Jones won all scorecards and kept hold of the throne at 205-pound. And just like that, he was back on his winning ways after spending the previous years on the sidelines due to PED issues.
It was his first winning streak since his victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in July 2017 was overturned to a no-contest. Jones just toyed Smith in their encounter, though the fight went the distance, and many fans now believed that there is not much of a challenge left for him at light heavyweight.
But Dana White thinks otherwise as he sees one opponent that could give the current champion a run for his money – Thiago “Marreta” Santos.
— Bleacher Report MMA (@BR_MMA) March 3, 2019
Just Another Day In The Office
Jon Jones had another busy day in the office after scoring an easy win over Anthony Smith in the main event of UFC’s second-pay-per view offering this year. “Bones” avoided complacency and dominated his challenger through five rounds en route to a unanimous decision victory, as ringside judges all scored 48-44 in favour of him.
The two-point discrepancy from the full 50-point tally was from the deduction given by officials after he landed illegal strikes on Smith in the fourth round. Jones was lucky to have dodged a big bullet as his opponent decided to continue to fight despite having the chance to put the fight in his bag via disqualification.
“I’m getting familiar with what it feels like to be a UFC fighter. I’m past all the nerves and overthinking things and underthinking things. I’m really starting to feel like a veteran, which is cool because I’m still in my early 30s,” he told Joe Rogan after the fight.
Following this emphatic victory, UFC President Dana White is already setting his sights on who’s next for the MMA GOAT. In the post-fight press conference, he said that he wants to see Jones squares off with Thiago Santos for his next outing.
“I love the Thiago Santos fight. I love that fight. I would love to see him verse Jon Jones. Thiago looks unbelievable at that weight, he’s big, I like his fighting style, and when you put Jon Jones in those type of fights, Jones shines.”
“Jones sort of is one of those guys who rises to the level of his opponent… I think Thiago Santos is going to be one of those guys who comes in aggressive, moves forward and gives you the kind of fight that you’re used to seeing Jon Jones in.”
“I’ll Beat Him”
Fresh off a massive upset against Jan Blachowicz at UFC Prague, the Brazilian fighter solidified his chances on the next crack at the light heavyweight strap. The sixth-ranked Santos pulled off a shocker as he dispatched the fourth-ranked fighter to earn his third straight victory at 205 pounds since making his debut in September.
Shortly after his impressive victory, the Brazilian mixed martial artist called out the reigning champion Jon Jones, saying he will beat him if he gets the next title shot.
“If it’s Anthony Smith, I’ll beat him again. if it’s Jon Jones, I’ll beat him too,” Santos assured.
“Marreta” has won four of his last fight and has gone 8-1 in his previous nine outings. He is 21-6 overall in his professional MMA career while holding the second-most knockouts in UFC history with 11 finishes.
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Jon Jones and Thiago Santos)