In a decision in which Jones seemingly allowed to be that close by refusing to attempt a single takedown, despite a visible injury to Santos' left leg, Jones hung on for a split decision to defend his pound title in the main event of UFC inside T-Mobile Arena. Two judges scored it for Jones while the third had it the same for Santos. CBS Sports also had it for Jones. Make no mistake, Jones was incredible for most of the fight either showcasing his technical advantages on the feet or his championship-level chin by absorbing a number of hard strikes throughout the fight.
It was an eventful night in Las Vegas at UFC 239, highlighted by 'Gamebred's' KO for the ages
Highly-touted bantamweight newcomer Julia Avila delivered an impressive victory in her Octagon debut, winning a three-round unanimous decision over Pannie Kianzad. Scores were and twice for Avila, now Kianzad, who replaced the injured Melissa Gatto, falls to There were some excellent back and forth action in the opening round, particularly in the clinch, where Avila scored with short elbows and flush knees while Kianzad largely controlled the location of the fight. The fight remained nip and tuck in the second, but the biggest scoring blows came from the bloodied Avila, who staggered Kianzad with a combination with less than 90 seconds left. In the second minute of the final round, Avila dropped Kianzad with another accurate punch and then took over on the mat when the Swede survived the initial striking assault, keeping her foe there until the final horn. After another kick by Naurdiev to start the second, Rencountre again dragged his foe to the mat and took his back.
In what turned out to be one of the most wild pay-per-view main cards in recent history, Saturday's UFC card delivered no shortage of storylines as to what comes next. As the headliner to a packed International Fight Week in Las Vegas, the card produced a succession of devastating knockouts and a near upset in the main event as we were delivered what may go down as one of the most memorable cards of the entire year when all is said and done. Can't get enough UFC? Subscribe to my podcast -- State of Combat with Brian Campbell -- where I break down everything you need to know in the Octagon, and be sure to listen to our instant analysis of the UFC fight card in the embed below. Given the trash talk between them coming in and the audacious nature of his post-fight celebration, Masvidal may have just passed the Diaz brothers as the UFC's top anti-hero.