Jon Jones was tested by Dominick Reyes, but the light heavyweight champion had enough in the tank to earn a unanimous decision victory at UFC 247 in Houston.

Reyes started off well, knocking down Jones with some well-placed strikes. Making Jones think and defend, Reyes rushed nothing, but used whatever Jones gave him to win the early rounds – Round 3 in particular – on many scorecards. But Jones seemed to wear down Reyes all the while, coming on strong in the fourth and fifth rounds, despite a bloody nose.

The judges scored it 48-47, 48-47, and 49-46.

In the UFC, there are no moral victories, particularly in title fights. Reyes, whose 12 fight undefeated streak was snapped tonight, was understandably disappointed with the loss.

For Jones, it was yet another title defence win. But once again, it was close battle that could have easily been a loss with a few breaks.

Mario Bautista and Kalin Williams earned performances of the night, while Trevin Giles and James Krause earned Fight of the Night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS 

AUSTIN LINGO VS. YOUSEFF ZALAL 

 

WINNER: YOUSEFF ZALAL VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: AUSTIN LINGO VIA TKO

Andrews: Zalal dragged Lingo to the mat to nullify the striking danger and it worked well in the later rounds. Good win.

ANDRE EWELL VS. JONATHAN MARTINEZ 

WINNER: ANDRE EWELL VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANDRE EWELL VIA UD

Andrews: Rogan was right. 30-27? No way. Unfortunately, someone has to suffer from bad judging: the fighters and us.

DOMIGO PILARTE VS. JOURNEY NEWSON

WINNER: JOURNEY NEWSON VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 0:38

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DOMIGO PILARTE VIA UD

Andrews: Wow! Being 6-0 and 135 pounds can have its disadvantages too, as we saw.

ESPN PRELIMS

MILES JOHN VS. MARIO BAUTISTA

WINNER: MARIO BAUTISTA VIA TKO (FLYING KNEE, PUNCHES) R2 1:41

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARIO BAUTISTA VIA UD

Andrews: Beautiful. Excellent win for Mario.

#7 LAUREN MURPHY VS. #8 ANDREA LEE 

WINNER: LAUREN MURPHY VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANDREA LEE VIA UD

Andrews: I thought Lee did enough to win, but the judges saw it different. Good fight.

ALEX MORONO VS. KALINN WILLIAMS

WINNER: KALINN WILLIAMS VIA KO (PUNCHES) R1 0:27

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEX MORONO VIA UD

Andrews: Wow! Williams’ car was double-parked and needed a finish quick, and he got it.

TREVIN GILES VS. JAMES KRAUSE 

WINNER: TREVIN GILES VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JAMES KRAUSE VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Krause did well for a single day’s notice. I thought he did enough to win, but fortunately this was not a robbery.

MAIN CARD 

#6 DERRICK LEWIS VS. #12 ILIR LATIFI

WINNER: DERRICK LEWIS VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ILIR LATIFI VIA UD

Andrews: The aggression of Lewis was the key factor in the last round, though I thought Latifi did well otherwise.

#14 MIRSAD BEKTIC VS. DAN IGE

WINNER: DAN IGE VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MIRSAD BEKTIC VIA TKO

Andrews: Ige took the starch out of Bektic and grinded him out.

JUAN ADAMS VS. JUSTIN TAFA

WINNER: JUSTIN TAFA VIA TKO R1 (PUNCHES) R1 1:59

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JUAN ADAMS VIA TKO

Andrews: Justin Tafa is one bad man.

VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO VS. #1 KATLYN CHOOKAGIAN 

WINNER: VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R3 1:41

ANDREWS PREDICTION: VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO VIA UD

Andrews: Wow. Too easy for Valentina. Everybody has a plan until they get punched or kicked hard.

JON JONES VS. #4 DOMINICK REYES

WINNER: JON JONES VIA UD (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JON JONES VIA TKO

Andrews: Reyes did well early but could not turn it on late to seal the deal.

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UFC 247: Jon Jones outlasts Dominick Reyes to defend light heavyweight belt