By now you should have saw or heard about Jon Jones winning his light heavyweight title defense yet again, this time against Swedish boxer Alexander Gustafsson, whom I thought Jones would easily beat. But no, as Jones said during post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, it was the toughest fight ever in his MMA career. I was so wrong that I actually thought Gustafsson could be the new champion
Gustafsson was quicker on standup against the American, stuffing takedown attempts effortlessly as well, landed some pretty good punches and combinations while his opponent remained flat footed most of the time (because he expected to go 5 rounds so he was perhaps reserving energy). But that only lasted for like 2 rounds. His brilliant active light movements, foot work and speedy hands probably used up his fuel tank. He began slowing down, on survival mode in the championship rounds (round 4 and 5). Jones landed some pretty crazy elbows, kicks and finally got his takedowns.
Jones won by unanimous decision in the end, which easily could’ve gotten the other way if Gustafsson was able to keep his pace all the way. What a fight, it was, definitely one of the best of the year thus far. And no, Gustafsson wasn’t robbed. Jones deserved the win ’cause I thought Gustafsson only clearly won round 1, it was quite even in the second and third, but he clearly lost in the final 2 rounds. Jones defend his belt against contender Glover Teixeira next.
Renan Barao, too, got to stay on as the interim bantamweight champ after landing what I believe was a lucky spinning back kick to the face which was intended for the body of his opponent but Eddie Wineland ducked his head lower presumably thinking that Barao was going for the head and in result, Wineland got “foot to face style” (from the film Kung Pow) which dropped him and you know the drill.
UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson Full Results
Fight of The Night: Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Knockout of The Night: Renan Barão
Submission of the Night: Mitch Gagnon
Light Heavyweight: Jon Jones (c) def. Alexander Gustafsson via Unanimous Decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)
Bantamweight: Renan Barão (ic) def. Eddie Wineland via TKO (spinning back kick & punches) – R2 0:26
Heavyweight: Brendan Schaub def. Matt Mitrione via Technical Submission (d’arce choke) – R1 4:06
Middleweight: Francis Carmont def. Costa Philippou via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Lightweight: Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Pat Healy via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lightweight: Myles Jury def. Mike Ricci via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Bantamweight: Wilson Reis def. Ivan Menjivar via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Welterweight: Stephen Thompson def. Chris Clements via KO (punches) – R2 1:27
Bantamweight: Mitch Gagnon def. Dustin Kimura via Technical Submission (guillotine choke) – R1 4:05
Lightweight: John Makdessi def. Renee Forte via KO (punches) – R1 2:01
Lightweight: Michel Prazeres def. Jesse Ronson via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Bantamweight: Alex Caceres def. Roland Delorme via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Heavyweight: Daniel Omielańczuk def. Nandor Guelmino via KO (punch) – R3 3:18