UFC 239 in tweets
The annual International Fight Week PPV was upon us as we saw a double header of title fights. Kicking off the main card was a welterweight bout between Diego Sanchez and Micheal Chiesa. Sanchez was coming off 2 dominant wins and was looking to jump into the divisions top 15. Since moving up to 170, Chiesa beat Carlos Condit and a win over Sanchez would set up a fight with a ranked opponent later in the year. As expected, Diego came forward from the first horn and took the centre of the octagon but it was Chiesa who controlled the entire 15 minutes as he attempted multiple submission on Sanchez who had never been submitted in his career. Chiesa saw out a unanimous decision victory on the scorecards with a trio of 30-26 scores. Next up was a highly anticipated light heavyweight bout between Jan Blachowicz and Luke Rockhold. After losing to Thiago Santos back in March, Jan was welcoming Rockhold to the 205lbs division. Luke was coming off a KO loss to Yoel Romero back in February 2018 and was aiming to get to Jon Jones with a big win over the number 6 ranked contender. The first round consisted of Rockhold clearly aiming to land the left kick and Jan landing a few hard elbows. In the second round, as the pair broke from a clinch, Jan landed a almighty left hook which knocked Rockhold out instantly.
Next up was arguably the most popular fight on the card as Jorge Masvidal went up against Ben Askren at welterweight. Askren made his UFC debut in March against former champion Robbie Lawler. The fight was controversial with Herb Dean calling that Lawler was unconscious due to a bulldog choke. Masvidal was coming of shock KO win over Darren Till in London back in March. After alot of trash talk in the build up, more on the end of Masvidal, it was going to be interesting to see how the fight played out. The arena was left speechless as Jorge Masvidal ran across the cage and landed a flying knee as Askren dropped for a takedown and the fight was over. It was recorded as the fastest KO in UFC History at just 5 seconds.
The first title fight of the night was up next as the only two women to beat Ronda Rousey stepped in the Octagon to fight for the 135lbs women’s title. Double champion Amanda Nunes was squaring off against former bantamweight queen Holly Holm. After a tentative first 4 minutes, as Holly went for a Oblique kick she left her leg hanging and Nunes punished her with a high left kick which floored Holm and The Lioness pounced and landed 2 unanswered shots which led Marc Goodard to step in and call the fight. Nunes has now solidified herself as the Greatest Women’s fighter of all time.
The main event of the evening was up next and if the other main card fights had anything to go by, we would be in for a barn burner. From the off Thiago Santos was landing a inside lower leg kick with will and it clearly bothered Jones in the first. In the second, after Santos threw a kick his left knee buckled and it was clear to see he was in discomfort. Jones targeted the legs of Thiago throughout the fight and was landing with decent success. It was a very technical fight which went the enitre 25 championship minutes. ‘And Still’ were the words that left the mouth of Bruce Buffer but it was by Split Decision with one judge giving Santos the fight. Despite the crowds reaction, it was a very calm and disciplined performance from Jones which further solidified himself as the GOAT.
Check out fellow pro’s reaction to a fantastic night of action in Las Vegas
Jon Jones vs Thiago Santos
Jon needs to start fighting with a little more urgency/ volume as Santos is up 2 but seemingly hurt his left knee #ufc239
— Sarah Kaufman (@mmasarah) July 7, 2019
— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) July 7, 2019
Amanda Nunes vs Holly Holm
There is a head kick cloud going thru the women’s division. #ufc 🤷♀️
— Jessica Eye (@jessicaevileye) July 7, 2019
— Alex Volkanovski (@alexvolkanovski) July 7, 2019
Jorge Masvidal vs Ben Askren
— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) July 7, 2019
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) July 7, 2019
Jan Blachowicz vs Luke Rockhold
That’s the things about moving up , you deal with more power coming at you. Luke looked good early but he almost used too much power early with everything even the clinch and takedown attempts , big win for Jan #ufc239
— Brian Kelleher (@brianboom135) July 7, 2019
Michael Chiesa vs Diego Sanchez
— Max Griffin (@maxPAINmma) July 7, 2019
Check out the full main card results below
Jon Jones bt Thiago Santos via Decision (split) (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)
Amanda Nunes bt Holly Holm via TKO (head kick and punches) Round 1- 4:10
Jorge Masvidal bt Ben Askren via KO (flying knee) Round 1- 0:05
Jan Blachowicz bt Luke Rockhold via KO (punches) Round 2- 1:39
Michael Chiesa bt Diego Sanchez via Decision (unanimous) (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)