Jon Jones successfully defended his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship title on Saturday evening as Thiago Santos failed to make the most of his first title challenge.
Jones has now won 25 of his 26 fights which includes a no contest against Daniel Cormier in 2017.
Despite ending the night victorious, the 31-year-old had to be helped out of the arena with what seemed to be a painful leg injury.
“Oh my goodness,” said Jones after his triumph. “Boy, was he tough. His best chance was to win by knockout, I played it smart.”
Fans were worried when Jones was photographed in a wheelchair before taking part in his post fight press conference, but he reassured fans that although both of his feet and shins are swollen, he is not seriously injured.
“Please not like this,” Jones said after the fight went to a split decision,
“I felt like I had won the fight.
“My coaches were honest with me and said I won every round.
“Thiago’s kicks were powerful, punches were powerful.
“I wanted to play a smart game, probably smarter take him down and beat him there. I felt like I was winning where he was best.”
Dana White gave his take on the fight shortly after the judges’ scores were revealed, and he was surprised that it wasn’t a unanimous decision.
He said: ”I had Jon Jones winning that thing easily. When I heard it was a split decision, I was like, ‘What the…’”
Before Jones’ clash against Santos, Daniel ‘DC’ Cormier was once again questioned on a possible trilogy fight with his old foe, and he refused to rule it out.
“So this is the thing about a fight with Jones and I. It can always happen,” Cormier said.
“It can happen whether it’s here, whether it’s in an Octagon.
“It may happen in the back when I’m leaving the building. It just always happens. Neither him nor I ever shy away from the opportunity to punch each other in the face.”