Jones retains belt with UFC 235 main event win

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Jon Jones has retained his Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 235. Jones won the main event at the T-Mobile Arena over Anthony Smith by a unanimous decision.

The judges gave the fight a 48-44, 48-44, and 48-44.


With the win, Jones improved to 24-1-1 in his career. The 31-year-old Rochester, New York native has won his last two fights after having his July 2017 fight overturned to a no-contest with Daniel Cormier.

Jones won his first unanimous decision win since he defeated Ovince St. Preux on April 23, 2016 at UFC 197. Eight of his wins in his career have been by decision.

He also has 10 wins by knockout and six more wins by submission.

Jones improved to 6-1 all-time in his career in Las Vegas. The loss came to Matt Hamill, as Jones was disqualified for illegal downward elbows at The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale on Dec. 5, 2009. 

The 30-year-old Omaha, Nebraska native fell to 31-14 in his MMA career with the loss. This is just his second loss by decision. 

This is his second loss in his last five fights. He also lost to Thiago Santos at UFC Fight Night 125 via TKO (Kick to the Body and Punches) on Feb. 3, 2018. 

However, this is his first unanimous decision loss since losing to Cezar Ferreira on July 8, 2016. He lost that bought at the The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale. 

Smith fell to 2-3 all-time fighting in Las Vegas. The loss to Ferreira was his last loss in Vegas, before Saturday night’s loss to Jones. 

He also lost to Adlan Amagov by KO (Punches) in Las Vegas, as well, at Strikeforce Challengers: Britt vs. Sayers on Nov. 18, 2011. 

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