weather icon Clear

UFC’s Jon Jones fires back at Dominick Reyes

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones apparently has heard enough chatter from Dominick Reyes after winning a narrow decision last Saturday at UFC 247 in Houston.

After Jones retained the belt, the two had a cordial conversation in the cage. They exited to a whirlwind of judging critiques and a social media firestorm about how Reyes should have won on the scorecards.

Once Reyes did a couple of interviews on the subject, Jones decided to speak out.

“Dom completely stopped fighting in the championship rounds and has the audacity to be mad at the judges,” Jones posted on social media. “Don’t be mad at the judges, be mad at Dom’s conditioning guy. Man started to give up when the water got deep and is now going around doing interviews talking about being robbed. When will these young boys start taking responsibility, that’s what’s wrong with boys these days.”

Jones was even harsher in two tweets he eventually deleted.

“If anyone was robbed, it was Dom’s fans,” the champion wrote. “He robbed them of finishing the fight like a man. Going out on your shield isn’t for everyone, I guess.”

The consensus is that Jones won the final two rounds after Reyes had controlled the first half of the five-round championship bout. The close third round was seen as the swing round, and two of the three judges gave it to Jones. Two also gave Jones the second round.

Several days after the fight, Reyes was still adamant that he should be wearing the belt.

“I feel good about what I went out there and did,” Reyes told MMA Fighting on Thursday. “No matter what the judges say, I went out there and won that fight. But I don’t have a belt, and that’s the reality of the situation. I’ve got to get better.”

Reyes firmly believes he won the first three rounds.

“I’ll stick by that until the end. There’s nobody that can convince me otherwise,” he said.

The decision has led to renewed calls for an overhaul to the scoring system, which was largely adopted from boxing.

Several athletic commission representatives have said options from open scoring to a point system based on successful attacks have been discussed, but there is no push for dramatic action or consensus on the best reforms.

Pacquiao signs with Paradigm

A boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and UFC star Conor McGregor might have taken a small step toward becoming reality this week.

Pacquiao, the WBA super welterweight champion, has signed with Paradigm Sports Management, which also represents McGregor.

“We’re very excited to announce that Manny Pacquiao has signed with PSM for full service representation!” the agency posted on social media, indicating it will continue to work closely with Pacquiao’s current team.

McGregor has said a bout with Pacquiao is a possibility for his second foray into a boxing ring. McGregor’s 2017 boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather is one of the most lucrative events in combat sports history.

Local fighters update

One local female UFC contender has a new date for her return, and another underwent surgery this week.

Claudia Gadelha will fight Marina Rodriguez in a strawweight bout on the UFC Fight Night 174 card May 2 in Oklahoma City.

Gadelha was supposed to fight Alexa Grasso at UFC 246 in Las Vegas in January, but the fight was canceled after Grasso missed weight by more than 5 pounds.

Eye said on her Instagram page that she underwent elbow surgery Tuesday. She expects to be back in the gym next week.

The Las Vegas resident lost a flyweight title bout to Valentina Shevchenko in June before winning a unanimous decision over Viviane Araujo in December.

UFC returns to New Mexico

Corey Anderson will meet Jan Blachowicz in a light heavyweight contender bout to headline UFC Fight Night 167 on Saturday in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The main card streams on ESPN Plus at 5 p.m.

The winner probably will get a title fight against Jones.

Diego Sanchez will meet Michel Pereira in a welterweight bout on the main card.

Contact Adam Hill at ahill@reviewjournal.com. Follow @AdamHillLVRJ on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Covering The Cage Videos
UFC president says McGregor-Nurmagomedov rematch is the fight to make
After Conor McGregor's first-round demolition of Donald Cerrone at UFC 246, UFC president Dana White said a rematch between "The Notorious" and UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is the fight to make next. (Heidi Fang/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
UFC 246 Ceremonial Weigh-In Staredowns - VIDEO
The UFC 246 fight card, featuring a welterweight main event between Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone, is official, minus one planned bout. In place of Claudia Gadelha vs. Alexa Grasso, a bantamweight bout between Brian Kelleher and Ode' Osbourne will move up to the pay-per-view main card. All fighters competing on the card faced off during the ceremonial weigh-ins at The Park Theater.
McGregor: "All their eyes are lighting up when 'The Notorious' name is mentioned" - VIDEO
Conor McGregor says he knows that other fighter's eyes light up at the chance of facing him as it usually means a dramatic increase in pay. Welterweights Jorge Masvidal and Kamaru Usman spoke about why they'd face McGregor next and Donald Cerrone explained how he's affected his payday for UFC 246. (Heidi Fang/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Conor McGregor says he'd be honored to be the first to fight at Allegiant Stadium
Maycee Barber Doing All She Can to Become the UFC's Youngest Champion - VIDEO
As 21-year-old Maycee Barber begins her quest to become the youngest champion in the UFC, she must first face a competitor in women's flyweight Roxanne Modafferi - a veteran of the sport who is often regarded as one of the pioneers of women's mixed martial arts. (Heidi Fang/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
UFC 246- Media Day Staredowns
With UFC 246 fight week underway, fighters from five featured bouts, including the co-main event women's bantamweight contest between Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington, faced off at media day in Las Vegas. (Heidi Fang/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
UFC 246 Press Conference: McGregor vs. Cerrone Highlights and Staredown - VIDEO
Ahead of their welterweight bout at UFC 246 on Jan. 18, Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone were respectful of one another, despite having traded barbs close to four years ago at another press conference. Their bout will serve as the five-round main event at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday. (Heidi Fang/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
UFC Champ Usman "Love and Unity Does Win Sometimes"
Kamaru Usman retained the UFC welterweight title when he knocked out Colby Covington in the fifth round of their title bout at UFC 245. After a heated lead-up to their bout, Usman says sometimes love and unity wins. (Heidi Fang/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
UFC 245 Ceremonial Weigh-in Staredowns
Here are the staredowns from the ceremonial weigh-in featuring all fighters competing at the UFC 245 fight card on Dec. 14 at the T-Mobile Arena. There are three title fights on the main card with the main event featuring a middleweight title bout between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington. (Heidi Fang/Las Vegas Review-Journal).
Kamaru Usman explains the origin of the Colby Covington rivalry ahead of UFC 245
Ahead of their welterweight title fight, division champion Kamaru Usman explains where the rivalry with his opponent, Colby Covington originated and discusses what he thinks about the challenger's persona. (Heidi Fang/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Covington: I enjoy the boos, that gives me extra inspiration
UFC welterweight title challenger Colby Covington discusses his upcoming fight taking place on Dec. 14 at the T-Mobile Arena against Kamaru Usman and says he is fueled by those who boo him at events. (Heidi Fang/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Jon Jones fights off title challenge at UFC 247

Jon Jones faced his most serious challenge in years and ultimately held off Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 on Saturday night, retaining his UFC light heavyweight belt following a surprisingly strong opening by Reyes.