Jon Jones retained his light heavyweight belt after winning an unanimous (and controversial) decision versus a game Dominick Reyes at UFC 247. Most fans had Reyes winning the first three rounds, but the Texas judges were on an entirely different wavelength.
— Bleacher Report MMA (@BR_MMA) February 9, 2020
Two judges had the fight scored 48-47 for Jones, apparently feeling he had edged Reyes in the third round despite the challenger landed his best shots in the middle frame. But the real scandal of the night was judge Joe Solis scoring the fight 49-46, which really sent Twitter into a feeding frenzy.
JON JONES RETAINS BELT
Is our sport the only major sport where you don't see score until game is over? What would harm be in judges showing their scores after each round? Honest question not a diss
— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) February 9, 2020
— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) February 9, 2020
— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) February 9, 2020
a Jv high school athlete almost beat Jon Jones just imagine what i would do to him 😂
— Dillon Danis (@dillondanis) February 9, 2020
I had Reyes in the first three rounds. Credit to Jones on coming on strong 4th and 5th but I would of guessed Reyes won that fight on scorecards.
— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) February 9, 2020
My initial feeling here is Reyes won this fight I might have to rewatch this one
— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) February 9, 2020
Helluva fight from @DomReyes and one day he’ll be a GREAT @ufc champion. Congrats @JonnyBones, the GOAT on his record setting performance. Huge respect to you both. Great night of fights!
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) February 9, 2020
And it was Joe Solis who scored it 49-46 Jones. Someone should launch him to the moon and never let him judge another fight. #UFC247
— Rob Tatum (@RobTatum303) February 9, 2020
Judge who scored that 49-46 Jones also had this fight 49-46 Apollo Creed pic.twitter.com/QRIVcBIwgd
— Josh Gross (@josh3302) February 9, 2020
OMG! What a wonderful performance for Reyes?! 👀 #UFC247
— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) February 9, 2020
Not robbery. Close fight, could have gone either way. 3-1 or 2-2 going into 5th. I thought 3-2 Reyes but the fight was so close it could have gone either way.
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) February 9, 2020
48-47 Reyes on my card. Great rally from Jones. Insane pace set and maintained by Reyes. We head to the scorecards. #UFC247
— Brian Campbell (@BCampbellCBS) February 9, 2020
Dominick Reyes is handling this loss with the utmost class. I would be raging if I was him. Jones winning isn’t bogus, but a 49-46 scorecard for him is. #UFC247
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) February 9, 2020
If you scored that 49-46 for Jones you have no business scoring the biggest title fights in the world. #UFC247
— Mike Chiappetta MMA (@MikeChiappetta) February 9, 2020
— Jon Jones (@jonjones) February 9, 2020
This is one of my biggest pet peeves in combat sports. If a judge is asking himself, did he do enough to beat the champ? while scoring he should be fired. That’s not how this works. https://t.co/1fgWqZJqSJ
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 9, 2020
I have it 48-47 Reyes, but there are factors. One of them is this: #TexasScorecards
— Chuck Mindenhall (@ChuckMindenhall) February 9, 2020