Jon Jones had little to no trouble dispatching Anthony Smith, who was clueless throughout the fight. As far as title defenses go, this was one of the easier and less-hyped main events for Jones. As much as the fight was severely one-sided, Smith was resolute with this rare opportunity and held on for all three rounds for the fight to head to unanimous decision.
The 31-year-old Jones dominated with the stand up and on the ground until he got in trouble in the fourth round when his hit a huge knee on Smith while he was on the ground.
”The illegal knee was totally unintentional,” Jones said. “In the moment I felt his body language rising, and I thought I was gonna time a great head shot right after he got off of his palm. To my understanding, on his finger tips he’s considered standing. His body came up, I threw the kick, I guess his palm was still down. Totally unintentional.”
”I definitely felt as if I slowed down in the fifth round, which is something that’s uncommon for me, but I do feel good (about my performance),” Jones added. “Anthony Smith was the most experienced fighter person I’ve ever been in there against, with 70 fights under his belt, and he showed that experience. He’s extremely durable, he was extremely calm. I put him a lot of positions where I felt most people would’ve freak out and he kept his composure. He did a really good job.”
On his next opponent, Jones openly said that he wants to fight Israel Adesanya. Except that the latter is in middleweight.
Jones told TMZ Sports he’s “got a feeling me and him will eventually fight each other” amid speculation about a potential showdown with Adesanya.
“I’d be excited for that challenge,” he said.
According to reports, Johnny Walker and Thiago Santos are also possible opponents as Jones attempts to compete four times in 2019.Leave a comment