On Saturday, July 6, the UFC hosted UFC 239: Jones vs. Santos from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

In the night’s main event, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones attempted to defend his belt against Brazilian knockout artist Thiago Santos. After reclaiming the 205-pound strap in December with a knockout of Alexander Gustafsson, Jones was in action in March, dominating Anthony Smith over five rounds at UFC 235. Santos entered the match-up having won four straight, including three straight since moving up in weight late last year. “Marreta” had scored 15 knockouts in his 21 career victories.

After a five-round war, the champ Jones edged Santos on the judges’ scorecards to pick up a narrow victory.



The co-main event featured gold on the line as women’s featherweight and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes took on former bantamweight titleholder Holly Holm. Near the end of the first round, Nunes stunned Holm with a head kick, and followed up with punches to score the TKO victory and retain the bantamweight belt.

Full results below.

FULL RESULTS
Jon Jones def. Thiago Santos by split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47) – for light heavyweight title
Amanda Nunes def. Holly Holm by TKO (head kick and punches). Round 1, 4:10 – for women’s bantamweight title
Jorge Masvidal def. Ben Askren by KO (flying knee). Round 1, 0:05*
Jan Blachowicz def. Luke Rockhold by KO (punches). Round 2, 1:39
Michael Chiesa def. Diego Sanchez by unanimous decision (30-26 x 3)
Arnold Allen def. Gilbert Melendez by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
Marlon Vera def. Nohelin Hernandez by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 3:25
Claudia Gadelha def. Randa Markos by unanimous decision (30-27x 3)
Song Yadong def. Alejandro Perez by KO (punch). Round 1, 2:04
Edmen Shahbazyan def. Jack Marshman by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 1:12
Chance Rencountre def. Ismail Naurdiev by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Julia Avila def. Pannie Kianzad by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)

*Fastest knockout in UFC history

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