Sunday, September 22, 2013

Jon Jones survives Alexander Gustafsson at UFC one hundred sixty five

TORONTO – For the second time in 3 months, mixed martial arts' pound-for-pound kingpin nearly suffered a stunning upset.

However, final Fighting Championship lightweight heavyweight champion Jon Jones (19-1 MMA, 13-1 UFC) avoided Anderson Silva's recent fate and edged a resilient Alexander Gustafsson (15-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) via unanimous call.
In the lead-up to Saturday's UFC one hundred sixty five pay-per-view star at Toronto's Air North American country Center, UFC officers did not recognize specifically a way to promote Gustafsson as a viable contestant. They targeted on the Swede's height, of all things. Instead, it had been his effective game coming up with, exceptional sturdiness and pure gumption that just about halted Jones' new UFC record of six consecutive 205-pound title defenses.

"I've been requesting a dog fight for a protracted time, and that i finally got that dog fight i have been requesting," Jones same when the five-round fight.

The first spherical offered slightly of everything, together with some signs of hope for the competitor. whereas Jones, a 26-year-old fighting phenom UN agency's run through a who's who of ex-champions, was his typically aggressive and effective self, Gustafasson slowed his attacks with nice counter-punches. He even shocked the champ with a late-round takedown, that marked the primary time a fighter had scored one on Jones in thirteen UFC fights.

Heading into consecutive frame, Gustafsson gave the impression to realize confidence. when catching a leg and quickly causing the champ to the mat with a sweep kick, Gustafsson avoided a takedown and showed improved placing defense. He did not check each kick and elbow, and a few teasing aspect and front kicks to the shins and thighs slowed his advances. however Gustafsson took Jones' best shots and came some solid blows of his own.

After the 2 shut rounds and with Jones' face showing some significant swelling and bruising, Gustafsson instantly blank a pleasant combination to begin the third spherical. Jones retaliated with a crisp kick to the face, however with the challenger's effective takedown defense and more and more correct counter-strikes, Jones was forced to throw punches and kicks from distance, that created them easier to deflect. Body shots, though, continued  to seek out their mark, and front kicks to the knee and shins conferred issues for Gustafsson.

As the fight entered championship rounds, Jones discharged off head kicks and a few stiff elbows. Gustafsson, though, continued  his stunning takedown defense. Jones' leg kicks conjointly landed flush, however even deep into the fight, they did not very slow the competitor. As Jones' facial cut gushed blood, Gustafsson discharged off swish combos as he simply darted in and out of vary. however late within the spherical, Jones finally landed a spinning elbow flush to the forehead, and a follow-up knee had a quickly bloody Gustafsson on wobbly legs. The bell saved the staggered Swede, however Jones had captured momentum for the ultimate spherical.

In that decisive fifth spherical, with each fighters' faces swollen and bloody messes, Jones finally secured his 1st takedown. whereas such a development would typically mark a major advantage in an exceedingly Jones fight, Gustafsson quickly scooted to the fencing and came to his feet. each fighters probe for the finishing blow between significant breaths within the final minutes. every landed some violent strikes to shut out a bout that received a raucous credit.

After an evening of questionable rating, the star may have gone either method. Ultimately, though, the judges sided with the champ via 48-47, 48-47 and 49-46 scores. Nearly all the cageside media united with the choice.

"He was simply a tricky fighter," Jones same. "I spent lots of your time on my boxing during this camp. perhaps that wasn't the simplest plan. I ought to are like water and used additional skillfulness. however hat's off to Alexander. That was far and away my toughest fight, and that i very ought to exercise my mortal spirit tonight. that produces American state happier than obtaining the win."

Gustafsson, UN agency was the maximum amount as a 12-1 unsuccessful person with some

sports books, conferred the apparently indestructible champ the most important competitor of his career. it had been enough to warrant a replay, tho' the discomfited 26-year-old wasn't in an exceedingly mood to campaign for one.

"I can learn from this, and i am going to come a lot of stronger from this," Gustafsson same. "I'm simply beginning my career, and that i have voluminous fights to try and do."
UFC one hundred sixty five results include:
Champ Jon Jones def. Alexander Gustafsson via unanimous call (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) - to retain lightweight heavyweight title

 Champ Renan Barao def. Eddie Wineland via technical knockout (kick, punches) - spherical a pair of, 0:35
 Brendan Schaub def. Matt Mitrione via submission (D'Arce choke) - spherical one, 4:06
 Francis Carmont def. Constantinos Philippou via unanimous call (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
 Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Pat Healy via unanimous call (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
 Myles Jury def. electro-acoustic transducer Ricci via decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Wilson Reis def. Ivan Menjivar via unanimous call (29-28, 29-28, 29-28
 writer Thompson def. Chris Clements via KO (punches) - spherical a pair of, 1:27
Mitch Gagnon def. Dustin Kimura via submission (guillotine choke) - spherical one, 4:05
John Makdessi def. Renee Forte via KO (punches) - spherical one, 2:01
 Michel Prazeres def. Jesse Ronson via decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Daniel Omielanczuk def. Nandor Guelmino via KO (punches) - spherical three, 3:18