In today's landscape, it isn't often that a somewhat one-track-mind fighter can impose the same game plan on so many fighters. Yet Nurmagomedov finds a way to basically do just that.
Santos, always dangerous, was looking to claim the title against the great fighter, always ready with a cocked counter left hook from the southpaw stance. Jones was helped out of the arena by his team, limping, and supported on both shoulders.
Of note, too, was Jorge Masvidal knocking Ben Askren out by flying knee just two seconds into their bout. Look at who he has beaten.
Deserved it. But close fight Jones limps out Still looking for the left hook. Santos owns first half of the round.
Oblique kick. They are booing.
Jones dominates the fourth stanza through forward aggression and popping attacks. Santos looks still for the counter left.
The entire fight has been on the feet. These are the dangerous moments for Jones, pressing the fight but playing Santos. Jones stalking, brilliant, Santos looking to counter, wins second and third.
In the third round, Santos bleeding from right side of his face, loses focus for a moment, seems mentally broken perhaps, and Jones hunting for a finish Back to southpaw. Showing his wares, the Brazilian.
Jones on the offensive, spinning back elbow. Jones southpaw.
Oblique kicks. Santos attacks. Jones out of range.
Left hook Santos knocked champion's mouthguard out. Watch the left hook Santos dangerous. Spinning kick to the body - from Jones. Great fight. Real tension in the arena Santos that mouthguard KO Here we go Jon Jones Thiago Santos Jon Jones But we have yet to see Jon Jones now against Thiago Santos Jones, as you know from my interviews with him this week, is 'the bad guy trying to be good UFC pic.
Good stoppage by Marc Goddard. Great shin kick by Nunes. My word, patience and wrecking power Title fight time Holly Holm in first