John McCarthy believes Dominick Reyes should have been beaten Jon Jones at UFC 247.
When the fight went to the scorecards, fans, fighters, and media took to Twitter to share their scorecards where it seemed the majority leaned towards Reyes. But, the judges’ gave “Bones” the unanimous decision win, which McCarthy disagrees with but knows it was a close fight.
“Watching the fight, no doubt the two easiest rounds were the first round and the fifth round. The first round goes to Dominick Reyes, the fifth round goes to Jon Jones,” McCarthy said on his “Weighing In” podcast (via BJPENN.com) “The second round, it’s actually, in my opinion, the closest round in the fight. But there’s a moment with about 45 seconds left in the round, you see Reyes throw a combination that lands and you see him hurt Jon Jones. You see Jones start to back off. Then you see him going after him and he takes that round from that point. It was a close round. I might have had Jones up at that point, but Dominick Reyes takes the second round. And Dominick Reyes easily wins the third round.”
Although John McCarthy thought Dominick Reyes beat Jon Jones at UFC 247 he knows it is not a robbery as some suggest. Instead, it was just a close fight where a couple of rounds could go either way.
“It’s not a robbery. It’s a close fight,” McCarthy said.
With Jon Jones defending his belt, many think he will fight the winner of Corey Anderson and Jan Blachowicz next. But, a rematch can absolutely happen with Reyes as it was a close fight.
Regardless of what McCarthy thinks it was “Bones” who got his hand raised and defended his belt in the judge’s eyes. And, as Dana White says, those are the only people that matter when it comes to scoring fights.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime