Mason Jones proved too nicely rounded for David Onama en path to his first octagon victory Saturday at UFC Fight Night 196.
Jones (11-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) used hanging and grappling stress to put on down short-notice promotional newcomer Onama (7-1 MA, 0-1 UFC) for the unanimous choice by scores of 29-28, 29-28, and 29-28.
The light-weight bout was a part of the UFC Fight Night 196 preliminary card on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. It streamed on ESPN+.
It was an action-packed first spherical as Jones and Onama went proper after one another with heavy strikes. There have been massive strikes laned from each, however then Jones determined to alter the narrative by taking it to the bottom. He was in a position to hold Onama there for a portion of time, however finally, they acquired again to the ft and began buying and selling photographs once more.
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They got here out of the gate in Round 2 with the identical kind of vitality. Jones and Onama tagged one another to the physique and the top, however Jones’ stress was simpler. He clinched Onama towards the fence and secured a takedown, then took the again of his opponent. Onama someway scrambled free to his ft, the place he resumed the hanging exchanges. Jones clinched his opponent towards the fence and landed an unintended unlawful knee whereas the hand was down, inflicting a warning from the referee.
Onama landed some hand punches as soon as the motion resumed within the second spherical. Jones retaliated by clinching and attempting to pressure the motion again to the mat. He grounded Onama late within the body, however couldn’t be overly efficient in scoring factors down the stretch.
With a aggressive struggle handing within the stability going into the ultimate spherical, Jones went again to his wrestling and acquired Onama down early within the spherical. He superior to mount inside 90 seconds of the body, and began to work towards a submission victory. Onama did nicely to remain composed and keep away from getting put away, however Jones stored a agency grip on him and managed positions till late within the spherical. Onama had a late flurry, but it surely wasn’t sufficient to steal the struggle.
ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR THESE TWO!!!! 👏👏👏
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“I didn’t expect that,” Jones stated in his post-fight interview with Michael Bisping. “My gas tank disappeared. I’ve never gassed in 13 fights and that was the first time I got tired. But it’s a learning experience.”
Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 196 outcomes embody:
- Mason Jones def. David Onama through unanimous choice (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Tabatha Ricci def. Maria Oliveira through unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Jamie Pickett def. Laureano Staropoli through unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Jai Herbert def. Khama Worthy through TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:47
- Jeff Molina def. Daniel da Silva through TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 0:46
- Randa Markos def. Livinha Souza through unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Jonathan Martinez def. Zviad Lazishvili through unanimous choice (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)