Belts on The Line
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Who won Jones vs Santos?
Jon Jones beat Thiago Santos by split decision in their 5 round contest, during the main event of UFC 239, on Saturday 6th July 2019 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Jon Jones.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 205 pounds (14.6 stone or 93 KG).
This contest was for the UFC light heavyweight championship.
Jones vs Santos stats
Jon Jones stepped into the ring with a record of 24 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 10 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 6 by submission.
Thiago Santos made his way to the ring with a record of 21 wins, 6 loses and 0 draws, with 15 of those wins by knock out and 1 by submission.
The stats suggested Santos had a large advantage in power over Jones, boosting at 71% knock out percentage over Jones' 42%.
Jon Jones was the younger man by 3 years, at 34 years old.
Jones had a height advantage of 2 inches over Santos. That also extended to a 9-inch reach advantage.
Jones was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 2 less fights, and made his debut in 2008, 2 years and 7 months earlier than Santos, whose first professional fight was in 2010. He had fought 21 more professional rounds, 82 to Santos' 61.
Jones vs Santos form
Santos had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 3 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Jan Blachowicz at UFC on ESPN+ 3 on 23rd February 2019 by knockout in the 3rd round at O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic.
Previous to that, he had defeated Jimi Manuwa at UFC 231 on 8th December 2018 by knockout in the 2nd round at Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada.
Going into that contest, he had beat Eryk Anders at UFC Fight Night 137 on 22nd September 2018 by knockout in the 3rd round at Ginásio do Ibirapuera, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Before that, he had won against Kevin Holland at UFC 227 on 4th August 2018 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Staples Center, Los Angeles, United States.
He had been beaten by David Branch at UFC Fight Night 128 on 21st April 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City.
Jones' last 3 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 1 month and 19 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 4 months and 18 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 11 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.7 rounds on average.
Santos' last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 4 months and 27 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 6 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 12 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.4 rounds on average.