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Jon 'Bones' Jones Defeats Dominick Reyes by Unanimous Decision at UFC 247 to Cap Controversial Night

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Jon 'Bones' Jones defeats Dominick Reyes by decision at UFC 247 | Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

While some could argue that leaving the decision of a light heavyweight title fight to this group of judges is a curious move, they've made their choice.

Dominick Reyes and Jon 'Bones' Jones gave us five memorable rounds in the octagon, with the former surprising his opponent early, only for Jones to use his title fight experience to make up ground late.

Reyes constant movement in the ring was a constant source of entertainment, and Jones was never comfortable despite maintaining his usual status at the center of the octagon. However, the judges deemed Jones' closing ability, and the obvious differential late in terms of punches landed, as enough for the light heavyweight championship to remain with the man known as Bones.

A controversial night for the judges ended predictably, with a decision in favor of a champion who, arguably, was beaten fair and square. Were it not for his overall endurance, Jones would've lost handily.

Reyes did relent late, that much cannot be denied. The 30-year-old, while undefeated entering this title fight, had never faced a champion as agile and experienced as Jones. The constant kicks to the legs and, eventually, the need to remove himself from the mat when Jones attempted to use his wrestling ability to his advantage, weighed on Reyes.

Fans will surely disagree with the end result, and they have every right to do so given many of the numbers favored Reyes, but there is only one certainty after 25 minutes of fighting: we need a rematch.