LAS VEGAS, N.M. (KRQE)- Jon ‘Bones’ Jones remains the light heavyweight champion as he fought to defend his title against Brazilian fighter Thiago Santos as the co-main event of UFC 239 Saturday night.
In the first round, Jones remained unnervingly calm. Bones suffered a swift kick to his calf causing him to misstep though he quickly recovered without incident.
The second round didn’t begin easy for Santos as he seemed to do more harm to himself than Jones as he threw a kick and tweaked his own knee. The blow didn’t land and forced him to limp the remainder of the bout.
Jones came through landing several kicks and a flying knee that sent him up and over his opponent. Santos returned with his own kicks with both fighters narrowly missing critical shots.
Jones absorbed multiple hard body kicks and punches to the face remaining unfazed. By the fifth and final round, both fighters appeared exhausted and Santos remained standing despite his buckled knee.
The main fight ended by decision with Bruce Buffer declaring Jon ‘Bones’ Jones the victor by split decision. Appealing to the booing crowd, Jones promised his fans he’d do better in upcoming matches.
The Preacher’s Daughter was not as lucky as her teammate Jones as she fell to the Lioness in the first round of UFC 239 in the Octagon.
Amanda Nunes’s battle with ex-champ Holly Holm began with a slow start. The two opponents traded a few punches and were careful to avoid each other’s blows.
Yet, Nunes landed a kick to Holm’s head sending her to the floor four minutes and ten seconds in. The fight was immediately called and Nunes was named Bantamweight champion yet again by TKO.
Holm was the second of three Albuquerque elite fighters that made it to the main card of UFC 239 at the T-Mobile Arena Saturday, July 6. The first fight between Diego Sanchez and Michael Chiesa also ended in a loss.
Sanchez took on Chiesa in the welterweight bout and immediately into the first round, Sanchez got himself into trouble trying to take Chiesa to the ground.
Chiesa kept Sanchez locked into several holds, maintaining control for the entirety of the first and second rounds. However, after managing to get out of several holds, chants of ‘Diego’ started to echo from the crowd and the fighter again managed to make to the end of the round.
Round three was no different as Chiesa tried, again and again, to force Sanchez to submit. Chiesa remained dominant, ending the fight with a unanimous decision.