Jones fends off challenge at UFC 247 in disputed decision

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Valentina Shevchecko does a back flip after defeating Katlyn Chookagian during the third round of awomen's flyweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 247 on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

HOUSTON, Texas – Jon Jones retained his title at UFC 247, beating Dominick Reyes by unanimous decision.

After the bout, opinions on the outcome were anything but unanimous.

Jones retained his light heavyweight belt Saturday night following a surprisingly strong opening by Reyes. The unanimous decision of 48-47, 48-47, 49-46 was met with scattered applause and loud boos from the crowd, as many felt the challenger had proven enough to take the title.

UFC President Dana White addressed what turned out to be a disputed decision.

“The scoring was all over the map,” said White, noting that he thought Reyes had a 3-1 edge entering the final round. “My kids are terrorizing me that, ‘The fix is in, how did this happen?’

“People had it all over the place, but the reality is ... we’re not judges. The judges call the fight, and that’s that. As far as the judging and the reffing tonight, do I think it was perfect? I do not. We need to do some work down here.”

White said UFC can work with the Texas commission to help improve the quality of judging and officiating.

“I do feel disrespected,” Reyes said. “One of the judges had it 49-46. Who are you? I might want to have a word with you. I know I won that fight.”