UFC 239: Jon Jones edges out Thiago Santos via split decision in Las Vegas nailbiter
Jones was given notice of his tough assignment by a very strong opening from Santos, who looked to blitz in and out with strikes and catch Jones as he stalked the challenger around the cage.
The defending champion quickly settled into a rhythm, though, and began to work his arsenal of side-kicks, spinning back-elbows and oblique kicks to the knee as he kept Santos on the outside for the majority of the contest.
Despite having the territorial advantage, Santos was still able to score with the occasional attack as their cagey encounter went all the way to the judges' scorecards.
Interestingly, one judge scored the fight 48-47 for Santos, but the other two were in agreement that Jones had edged the contest, both scoring the bout 48-47 to the defending champion.
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