UFC 165 Play-by-Play

Renan Barao

MMAFrenzy’s coverage of Saturday’s pay-per-view main card continues with our UFC 165 play-by-play. Our coverage will begin Saturday night at 10PM ET and continue through tonight’s main event pitting UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones against Alexander Gustafsson. Make sure to check back and refresh often on Saturday for complete coverage of the action at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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UFC 165 Play-by-Play:

Pat Healy vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Rd. 1- Yves Lavigne is our referee tonight. Uppercut to left hook by Khabib to start the action. Healy is swinging but not landing. Healy tries for a takedown but is rebuffed. Stiff left by Khabib but Healy storms forward. Step-in uppercut by Khabib. Flying knees by Khabib and they’re landing but Healy is still standing. Khabib connects again and Healy is but now. Healy attacks but gets countered. Healy pressure forward but just cannot seem to find a home for it. Flying knee by Khabib. Khabib with a perfectly timed takedown with 0:30 left. Healy works out but is takedown again but Healy stands. Huge shot by Khabib as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Nurmagomedov.

Rd. 2- Healy swarms forward again and he is the aggressor as he lands to the body. Khabib with a body lock takedown and he takes Healy’s back. Brutal shots by Khabib along the cage but Healy escapes. Healy is just struggling to find his range so far but he is coming closer. Nice combo by Nurmagomedov punctuated by a head kick. Healy with a big shot of his own now. Khabib is starting to tire a bit and he looks for the takedown. Knees by Nurmagomedov in the clinch and he works Healy down to the canvas briefly. Nurmagomedovs with a right as Hely stands. Healy backs up Khabib with a right. Khabib connects with a body kick and he is in on a takedown attempt with a minute left. Uppercuts by Khabib on the break and he looks for another takedown. After a brief separation Khabib lands a beautiful takedown and Khabib is going to work on top as the round comes to a close. MMAFrenzy has this fight 20-18 Nurmagomedov.

Rd. 3- Khabib in on a takedown again and Healy fends it off. Good combo by Khabib but a nice hook by Healy lands. Body kick by Nurmagomedov and he doubles it up. Healy’s takedown is stuffed easily by Khabib. Khabib with a driving takedown and he goes to work on the floor. Pat’s corner is pleading with him to stand but Khabib is working hard on top with ground and pound from half guard. Healy works up but Khabib lifts him up and power slams him on the far side of the Octagon. Very impressed with Khabib tonight. Khabib is going to work with a minute and a half left with some heavy ground-and-pound. Healy tries to work something off his back but Khabib is all over him. Khabib passes to side control and he is starting to break Healy. Healy regains half guard with 0:30 left but Khabib is too much for him. MMAFrenzy has the round and the fight going to Nurmagomedov (30-27)

Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Pat Healy via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-27)

Francis Carmont vs. Constantinos Philippou

Rd. 1- “big John” McCarthy is our referee tonight. Costa pressures early and lands solid strikes. Carmont with a nice driving double leg into side control but Costa works back to the cage and is working hard to stand. Carmont sinks a single hook in and looks to land some ground-and-pound. Carmont looks for the choke and Costa rolls out of it and goes to work in half guard. Costa rolls for an arm bar but Carmont passes it. Hard elbow by Costa from the bottom as Carmont goes to North-South briefly. Costa regains full guard and lands some elbows off his back before  attacking with an omoplata but it is sloppy and Carmont pounds his way out of it. Round ends with Carmont in control. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Carmont.

Rd. 2- Carmont with a driving takedown to start the round and he is firmly in control of this fight. Carmont sinks in a hook now and Costa rolls back to half-guard. Carmont is controlling the fight but not doing too much damage with half the round gone. McCarthy stand them up. Costa swings fir the fences and gets taken down yet again. Carmont is digging for a kimura after Costa tried one of his own. Punches by Carmont now with a minute left. Carmont stands and lands big shots on the grounded Philippou. Carmont hears the clapper and just holds Carmont down as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Carmont (20-18).

Rd. 3- Philippou comes out with some urgency to start the third but he is still cautious. Costa is again rubbing his eye. Carmont with a powerful takedown and he is in full control of this one. Carmont is making a lot of noise whenever he throws strikes but there isn’t much to them right now. Costa is trying to stand but he is completely pinned against the cage and he tries a guillotine but it is no where close. Carmont is in total control of this fight and he checks the clock after each flurry he throws. Carmont with a Sakuraba like double hammer fist and he stands as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Carmont (30-27).

Francis Carmont def. Constantinos Philippou via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Matt Mitrione vs. Brendan Schaub

Rd. 1- Big Dan Miraglotta is our referee tonight. Mitrione refuses to touch gloves with Schaub. Mitrione is controlling the center so far. Mitrione is caught with a right hand but it glanced off. Left by Schaub. Nice right by Schaub but Mitrione is fine. Big right by Schaub now. Schaub tries a takedown but doesn’t change levels and it is stuffed. Mitrione is cut now. Nice inside legkick by Mitrione. Huge combination by Schaub and he has Mitrione rocked and just as Mitrione tries to counter Schaub lands a driving takedown. Schaub has a D’arce choke and Mitrione tries to fend it off but he ends up going to sleep.

Brendan Schaub def. Matt Mitrione via submission (D’arce Choke) at 4:06 of Round 1

UFC Interim Bantamweight Title: Renan Barão (c) vs. Eddie Wineland

Rd. 1- Yves Lavigne is the third man in the cage and the fight starts with a touch of gloves. Barao opens the action with a legkick by Barao as he is looking to stay out of Wineland’s range. Nice inside legkick by Barao is answered by Wineland’s vicious right. Barao with a weak takedown attempt and Wineland takes control of the clinch. Lavigne separates them as the action stalls. High kick by Barao is caught and Wineland throws him down. Barao just misses on a spinning kick and Wineland with a nice combo punctuated by a legkick. Legkick by Barao. Nice combo by Barao and Wineland stuffs his takedown attempt. Nice right over-the-top by Barao. Nice combo by Barao and he lands a body kick on the ends. Nice legkick by Barao as he is finding his range. Great round. MMAFrenzy scores a very tight round 10-9 Barão.

Rd. 2- Wineland storms out quickly and Barao with a body shot. Holy hell what a spinning back kick to the head and Barão swarms on the ground and it is all over. Wow, what a knockout!

Renan Barão def. Eddie Wineland vua TKO (spinning back kick and strikes) at 0:35 of Round 2

UFC Light Heavyweight Title Fight: Jon Jones (c) vs. Alexander Gustafsson

Rd. 1- Big John McCarthy is our referee in tonight’s main event with Jones wearing the Black and Gold shorts and Gustafsson in his country’s blue and gold. Touch of gloves and we’re off. Oblique kick by Jones. Spinning back kick to a body kick by Jones. Jones tries to score a half-effort takedown but it isn’t there. Spinning back kick to the body by Jones. Punches by Gustafsson. Superman punch by Jones. Fighters trade inside leg kicks and Gustafsson lands a stiff jab. Jones with a nice right elbow and Gustafsson with a right of his own. Left jab by Gustafsson cuts Jones over his right eye. Spinning back kick by Jones lands again. Headkick by Jones. Combo by Gustafsson stops an inside leg kick by Jones. Gustafsson surprises Jones with a takedown but Jones is right back up. Jones goes on the assault but accidentally pokes him in the eye. Jones on the warpath after the break with a spinning back elbow and then a body kick and huge elbow as the round ends. Very close round but MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Jones.

Rd. 2- Both men are cut now to start the round. Jones with an inside leg kick. Jones slips after Gustafsson takes his legs out and defends a takedown. Jones tries to clinch and takedown but Gustafsson avoids. Gustafsson is really moving a lot and lands some shots but Jon lands a nice step knee and elbow. Oblique kick by Jones. Nasty headkick by Jones. Gustafsson tries another takedown and it’s nowhere close. Gustafsson is really looking for that counter left hook. Another spinning back kick by Jones. Legkick by Gustafsson. Headkick by Jones is caught and Jones rolls into a takedown attempt but Gustafsson avoids it. Right by Gustafsson. Another headkick by Jones. Nice combo finished by an uppercut by Gustafsson. This is a great fight! MMAFrenzy has Jones up 20-18 now.

Rd. 3- Legkick by Jones and Gustafsson lands a nice combo. Inside legkick by Jones. Wicked kicks by Jones. Gustafsson stops another takedown. Jab to the body and head by Gustafsson. Oblique kick by Jones and a high kick by Jones. Jab by Gustafsson and a nice teep to the body by Jones. Crowd is really into this fight. Nice uppercut by Gustafsson. Headkick by Jones. Oblique kick by Jones. Jones just misses an axe kick. Body kick by Jones lands flush. Another body kick by Jones. Jab by Gustafsson. Jones with another kick that is caught. Nice combo by Gustafsson. Spinning elbow by Jones and Gustafsson tries a takedown but Jones stuffs it. Flush jab by by Jones as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Gustafsson (29-28 Jones)

Rd. 4- Nice left by Jon to open the action. Legkick by Gustafsson.  Headkick by Jones and a nice right by Jones. Fighters exchange jabs. Jab by Gustasson. Nice combo by Gustafsson. Jones tries another takedown but is again stuffed. Jones’ eye is really becoming a problem and he is bleeding badly. Combo by Gustafsson and Jones lands a headkick. Nice left by Jones. Step-in elbow by Jones. Wicked elbow to a knee by the champ. This fight is incredible.Massive elbows by Jones and a flying knee. What a freaking fight! MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Jones (39-37)

Rd. 5- Jones’ eye needed a lot of work between rounds. Nice combo by Gustafsson. Body kick to a legkick by Jones. Gustafsson with some nice uppercuts in the clinch and a great kick by Jones. Gustafsson tries another takedown but doesn’t get it. Slick right by Jones. Jones finally with a takedown and he passes guard but Gustafsson stands on the cage. Gustafsson is out. Big head kicks by Jones and Gustafsson is absolutely drained. Big headkick by Jones. Nasty uppercut by Gustafsson. Body kick by Jones. Gustafsson lands a nice flurry. Headkicks by Jones and a good combo by Gustafsson. The Swede tries a takedown but is stuffed. Headkick by Jones and yet another. Big elbow by Jones. Jones’s takedown is stuffed and Gustafsson with an uppercut but Jones lands the last strike. This fight is ungodly close but we have it for Jones (49-46).

Jon Jones def. Alexander Gustafsson via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)