UFC 239 gets underway; Jones, Nunes to defend title belts

Carla Harmon
July 7, 2019

He said: "I had Jon Jones winning that thing easily".

After a tempestuous build-up, Jorge Masvidal scored the fastest knockout in UFC history against Ben Askren in a welterweight grudge match.

An official UFC radio broadcast doesn't exist, but I've got your back. After she floored Holm (12-5) with a perfectly timed kick to the head, she mercilessly finished Holm with punches on the ground with 50 seconds left in the first round. She said she told her coach beforehand that she wanted to stop Holm with a head kick, because that is Holm's signature technique. I did it tonight.

Santos was the busier fighter in the opening round, eager to demonstrate the devastating power that has seen him rise to the summit of the division, and the Brazilian caught the champion with a shot that dislodged his mouthpiece during the opening exchanges. We all know that his best chance was to win by knockout.

Coming in, Nunes, also the featherweight champion, had beaten every other former UFC women's bantamweight or featherweight champion outside of Holm, and now she has defeated Holm as well.

"He was a lot more technically sound than I thought", he went on.

Brazilian Nunes finished veteran United States fighter Holm in the first round of their bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas at UFC 239 on Saturday night, sealing the win with a head kick that Holm herself has made her trademark. After that, Jones was attacking, while Santos favored his right leg, frequently holding it back, and not using it to attack the way he did in round one. "I'm proud of myself, because I stood with a guy who's been kickboxing way longer than me".

"I really wanted to beat him up for 14 minutes and 30 seconds before ending him, but it didn't happen", said Masvidal. Derek Cleary had Jones winning the second, third and fourth.

Jon Jones says there a lot of fights he is interested in, but he does expect to have a rematch with Thiago Santos.

Santos opened with a strong first round, effectively attacking Jones' lead leg with low kicks to the calf muscle. "We were playing a very high level game of chess in there".

It was an impressive return to the Octagon for Blachowicz who suffered a TKO stoppage against title challenger Thiago Santos last time out.

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