UFC 165 took place on September 21, 2013 from Toronto, Ontario. The main event was a light heavyweight championship bout between champion, Jon Jones, and the challenger, Alexander Gustafsson.
Many UFC fans were anxious to see a challenger in Gustafsson, who’s physical stats almost match Jones. Jones has enjoyed a tremendous height and reach advantage over everyone he’s faced. Gustafsson is actually taller than Jones, and Jones only has a slight reach advantage over Alexander. This is the first time Jones actually had to look up at an opponent, which was evident at the weigh-ins.
UFC 165 Weigh-In Highlights
Round 1: Jones and Gus both come out to the center and Gus throws a leg kick immediately and Jones returns one. Gus is using great footwork to move side to side, while Jones throws a couple of spinning back kicks. Gus lands a solid right hand which gets Jones respect, and cuts Jones over his right eye. The match looks even as both land kicks and punches. Gus shoots for a takedown on Jones and lands it, the first time Jones has ever been down. He gets back to his feet and they continue. Gus looks really comfortable on his feet and gives Jones stiff competition in the first round.
Round 2: Jones face is busted up slightly as the cut over his right eye is leaking blood. They both come out to the center once again and Gus starts working his jab. Jones throws a kick which Gus catches. He holds Jones leg and uses it to take Jones down again. Jones gets right back to his feet and they engage again. Jones chases Gus down attempting a takedown, but is unable to complete it. Gus continues to circle as he throws jabs, hooks, and kicks. He lands several of the punches. Jones throws several spinning back kicks to Gus body that don’t seem to do must damage. He also throws several head kicks that land, but un-phase Gus. This is another highly competitive round that could go either way.
Round 3: They both come out and trade leg kicks in the center. Gus lands a stiff combination to Jones head. Gus looks very confident as he continues to circle, landing jabs to Jones head, body, and leg kicks of his own. Jones throws several leg kicks, kicks to the body, and attempted high kicks. Gus lands a stiff uppercut that gets Jones attention, and Jones keeps looking for openings. Jones lands a solid kick to Gus’ body that takes his air away for a second, but they engage again. Jones lands a strong spinning back elbow during the final 30 seconds of the round. Jones has been unable to land any takedowns up to this point, and it remains an extremely competitive fight.
Round 4: They meet back in the center and Gus immediately presses the action, throwing jabs and circling away. Jones face is busted up worse than we’ve ever seen in his career. Jones is throwing kicks and looking for openings, but unable to land anything significant. Gus continues to work his jab and use great footwork to circle around Jones. Gus really hits his stride, teeing off with several stiff punches to Jones face. No one has taken it to Jones like this before. Jones eye is bleeding down the side of his face from the barrage of punches from Gus. Jones attempts another takedown which Gus defends again. Jones throws 2 or 3 short standing elbows that land, but Gus takes them and keeps coming forward. Jones throws a spinning back elbow that misses, then seconds later throws another one that lands directly to Gus head. Gus is stunned from that elbow and Jones pounces, trying to finish. There is only 30 seconds left and Gus is able to survive, but Gus face is busted open from the elbow.
Round 5: Final round, both men come out, and they look visibly tired but continue to engage. Gus continues throwing stiff jabs and punches that are finding their mark. Jones keeps throwing kicks to the leg and the body of Gus. Finally, Jones is able to take Gus down, but Gus backs up to the cage and gets right back to his feet. Jones lands 3 head kicks, but Gus takes them and continues to come forward. Both men look totally exhausted, but they fight it out non stop. Jones lands another head kick and a flying knee, but Gus shows he has a solid chin, and takes them with no problem. Both men look on the verge of collapse, but they fight it out to the last second, delivering probably one of the greatest light heavyweight championship fights in UFC history.
Jones vs. Gustafsson Fight Highlights
After deliberating, the judges gave the unanimous decision to Jon Jones, who remains the light heavyweight champ with the most title defenses in the division.
UFC 165 Post Fight Press Conference
This was the most competitive fight that we’ve seen in Jones career. It was such a back and forth fight with both men giving and taking. Jones was seen limping after the fight and was taken directly to the hospital. This was Gustafsson’s best performance inside the Octagon, and it was such a close fight that a rematch between these two will probably happen soon.
Dana White On Jones vs. Gustafsson Rematch
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