The champ was taken to the limit by the challenger and the outcome of their grueling five round war was anyone’s guess as the judges’ scorecards were being tabulated. Both fighters were battered, bloody and extremely tired as they waited for the winner to be announced.
As the hand of the champion was being raised you couldn’t help but notice the look of relief of the face of Jon Jones. Not only did he retain the title in his toughest test to date but he also put himself in the UFC record books with his sixth successful light heavyweight title defense, passing the hall of famer Tito Ortiz.
The instant classic could have gone either way but it went the way of Jon Jones tonight. In a fight this close it’s hard not to pull for the underdog but I tend to lean on the motto of “you must beat the champ to become the champ” and while Gustafsson did beat up Jon Jones he did not “beat” him.
The smoke is still settling from UFC 165 but all signs are pointing to these two doing again.
So how did you score the fight?
UFC 165 took place inside the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and there were more fight than just the main event. In fact there was another title fight, here are the complete results from UFC 165.
205 lbs. Title Fight: Jon Jones defeated Alexander Gustafsson by Unanimous Decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)
135 lbs. Interim Title Fight: Renan Barao defeated Eddie Wineland by 2nd rd TKO (0:35)
265 lbs.: Brendan Schaub defeated Matt Mitrione by 1st rd D’Arce Choke Submission (4:06)
185 lbs.: Francis Carmont defeated Constantinos Philippou by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
155 lbs.: Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Pat Healy by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
155 lbs.: Myles Jury defeated Mike Ricci by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
135 lbs.: Wilson Reis defeated Ivan Menjivar by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
170 lbs.: Stephen Thompson defeated Chris Clements by 2nd rd TKO (1:27)
135 lbs.: Mitch Gagnon defeated Dustin Kimura by 1st rd Guillotine Submission (4:05)
155 lbs.: John Makdessi defeated Renee Forte by 1st rd. KO (2:01)
155 lbs.: Michel Prazeres defeated Jesse Ronson by Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
135 lbs.: Alex Caceres defeated Roland Delorme by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
265 lbs.: Daniel Omielanczuk defeated Nandor Guelmino by 3rd rd. KO (3:18)[mmavalor-share] [ultimatesocial_fan_counts networks="facebook,twitter,envato" rows="1"]