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Thiago Santos feels he won vs Jon Jones – calls for rematch

✅ After giving Jon Jones one of the toughest title defences of his career, Thiago Santos is now calling for a rematch to their UFC 239 fight

At UFC 238 reigning light heavyweight champion Jon Jones went give tough rounds with Brazilian slugger Thiago Santos. It was a close fight, and one in which Santos injured both his knees, one of them already in the first round. Despite that he kept the fight close and never let his foot off the gas. At the end Jones was awarded a split decision win, in a fight that Santos is now calling for a rematch to.


In a new interview with ESPN, Santos told of his rehabilitation, and his outlook on the fight. He says the fight is hard to watch, as he feels he won three out of four rounds – a sentiment many fans have shared.

“It’s difficult for me to watch,” Santos told ESPN about the fight with Jones. “That’s why it took me so long to watch it. If I was a judge, I would have given that fight to Thiago Santos. I think I won Rounds 1, 2 and 5. I think the fact Jones was the champion weighed on the judges’ decision. I think the challenger has to do more to take the belt from the champion.

There has to be a rematch. As soon as I am 100%, we have to get back in there and find out a real winner.”

Santos is expected to be out with rehabilitation the rest of the year. Meanwhile no clear titel contender at 205 lbs has emerged. Fans all over the world have given props to Santos for his fantastic performance, and many would like to see a rematch. It remains to be seen if the UFC feel the same way.

Would you like to see a rematch between Jon Jones and Thiago Santos? 

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for