MMAFrenzy’s live fight coverage of UFC 165 concludes with our recap of tonight’s main event between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson. The bout would see Jones retain the title after an epic five round struggle.
Jones Edges Gustafsson in Classic Fight
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones retained his title tonight in Toronto but it certainly did not come easy against Alexander Gustafsson. The Swedish fighter looked phenomenal tonight with deadly accurate boxing and a surprisingly strong wrestling game but the headkicks and elbows of Jones kept Gustafsson from being able to run away with the fight.
The bout all came down to the fifth round, as Jones had only slightly more energy than Gustafsson and that allowed him to clinch it on the judges’ scored cards. Gustafsson nearly doubled over without being struck a few times in the fifth (without being hit) and may have played a major role in the fight’s decision.
Either way, neither fighter was truly a loser tonight as they treated fans to one of the best fights of the year and possibly one of the greatest UFC light heavyweight title fights in the promotion’s history. With a bout that good, a rematch is a certainty.
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)