UFC 165 Fight Results: Jones Vs. Gustafsson Live Coverage

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Tonight’s card comes to us live from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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PRELIMINARY CARD

Nandor Guelmino vs. Daniel Omielanczuk

We open up action with a heavyweight contest between Nandor Guelmino (11-4) seeking to rebound from his first loss in eight fights against Daniel Omielanczuk (15-3). This marks the Octagon debut for both fighters. Dan Miragliotta will be the referee in charge.

Round 1: Think we’ve got every vowel in the alphabet between these two, and maybe each letter thanks to the ref. As you might have expected, we have heavy blows early from these two, as Guelmino is throwing his right with nasty thoughts. Omielanczuk doing a nice job of avoiding the strikes, showing good head movement for a big man. Omielanczuk tosses up a head kick, ducks under with the clinch and is bullying his way for better position. Enough of that and they are separated. Really either fighter can still claim the round with two minutes to go. Guelmino lands a nice knee inside the clinch, and Omielanczuk throws a foot stomp, followed by knees to the thigh region. Pair of front kicks from Guelmino, who just misses with a right. Superman punch misses, too, and Omielanczuk counters. Takedown from Omielanczuk scores, but Guelmino quickly to his feet.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Omielanczuk

Round 2: Omielanczuk comes out firing, scoring with a takedown off some nice powerful strikes. Guelmino appears to be hurt, but is able to recover from the onslaught. Another takedown by Omielanczuk, who is in half-guard. Guelmino slips out after a kimura attempt, which allows Guelmino to take the back. Omielanczuk appears a little winded after the offensive attack, as Guelmino has him wrapped and lands a nice shot to the head. Guelmino fresher and the better mat grappler, as he is controlling things. Omielanczuk tries for a leg lock, but is unable to get it. Under a minute and Guelmino is in complete control, though he also appears to be losing steam.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Guelmino

Round 3: Some deep breathing by both heavyweights, which could make for an interesting third round. Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg are offering reasons for the tiredness, saying travel, first-time Octagon nerves; feels more like two guys not ready for this spotlight. Some knees by Omielanczuk inside the clinch, but the ref quickly separates. Side-kick by Guelmino, and another. Halfway home and another warning to stay busy by the ref. As evident by how hard Omielanczuk is breathing, Guelmino lands a body kick that knocks his mouthpiece out. And just like that, Omielanczuk lands a big left out of nowhere, flooring Guelmino and finishing this one. What a knockout. Guelmino tries to get to his feet and drops to the canvas again.

Daniel Omielanczuk def. Nandor Guelmino via KO (left-hand) at 3:18 of Round 3

Roland Delorme vs. Alex Caceres

We head to the bantamweight division, as Ultimate Fighter alums Roland Delorme (9-1) and Alex Caceres (8-5) square off. No walkouts, as we are running behind already. The referee will be Todd Ronald Anderson. Delorme is unbeaten at 3-0 since his time on TUF, while Caceres is unbeaten in his last three, going 2-0 with one no-contest due to a failed drug test.

Round 1: Caceres throwing tons of spinning attacks, as he tends to do. The speed of Caceres is keeping Delorme off-balance and not allowing him to do much on offense. However, it just takes one, as Delrome connects with a left that drops Caceres. Mounted crucifix by Delrome, but Caceres spins and takes the back. Just as quickly, Delorme sweeps and gets the back of Caceres. Excellent grappling exchange and Delorme tries for a body triangle before settling for a little ground-and-pound. Delorme flattens him out, hammering down with rights and lefts. Still searching for a rear-naked choke, but Caceres is fighting it off with success so far. One hook gets locked in by Delorme, who now has the body triangle locked and is working to secure the choke by beating on his face. Awesome roll by Caceres and he gets free, connecting with a left to finish the round strong.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Delorme

Round 2: Caceres doing a nice job of avoiding the power strikes of Delorme and countering, though he takes an uppercut right to the chin. Body-left connects by Delorme, who appears to be the strong fighter. As soon as I type that, Caceres more-or-less pushes him over. Knees to the thigh-lower leg region by Caceres connect. Nice left lands by Caceres, who is opening up his offense a little more. Nice scramble on the ground leaves Delorme with a D’arce choke attempt, but Caceres throws up a huge knee that lands flush. Other than that first round left by Delorme, he hasn’t been very successful with his striking.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Caceres

Round 3: Delorme connects and nearly drops Caceres to start, but is unable to follow up. Body shot by Delorme, who is firing with wild shots, compared to Caceres being more precise in his striking. Caceres’ game plan looks very similar to one Benson Henderson, a training partner, who implore. Right hand pops off by Caceres, who looks ready to go another three rounds with ease. Body-head combo lands by Caceres, who is picking Delorme apart. Delorme catches a kick, and scores with a takedown attempt off it. He’s unable to follow up, and Caceres stuff another takedown attempt and transitions to the back with 90 seconds left. Knee lands to the body and this could be all-Caceres from here on out. Uppercut, sweeping kick and a spinning back kick land by Caceres. A switch-kick attempt, though, allows Delorme to record a takedown. Caceres fighting him off from the ground, though, and we head to the scorecards.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Caceres

Alex Caceres def. Roland Delorme via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Jesse Ronson vs. Michel Prazeres

We head to the lightweight division, as Ontario’s own Jesse Ronson (13-2) makes his UFC debut against Brazilian Michel Prazeres (16-1). Ronson, nicknamed “The Body Snatcher,” is replacing Mark Bocek in this bout. The referee will be Yves Lavigne.

Round 1: Prazeres taking advantage of his ground skills, working for an arm triangle or a possible choke right off the bat. Complete control for the Brazilian on the mat, transitioning smoothly and staying in complete control. Prazeres takes the back, flattens him out with ease and is positioning himself for a rear-naked choke. Just under two minutes left in the round. Something of a neck crank/choke by Prazeres here, but Ronson is able to break it. Still, Prazeres is mounted on his back and in complete control of this round. Ronson needs to survive the final 50 seconds and keep it standing if he makes it to the second.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Prazeres

Round 2: Ronson appears as ease with what happened in the first five minutes, but he needs to keep this fight standing to win. Ronson misses with a right and Prazeres scores an easy takedown. Ronson throwing his shots too wildy and fighting too upright, making it easy for Prazeres to take him to the canvas. Prazeres cranking on the neck, using it to work him back to the mat. Ronson gets upright and free with three minutes to go. Prazeres lands a right and scores with another takedown. Through eight minutes, this one has been all Prazeres, as Ronson has failed to show much of his offense. Ronson gets out and free, landing a nice left to the body and a head-kick. Maybe now he can get something going as we go under a minute. Ronson fends off a takedown attempt, and a second, but is unable to do any kind of damage to finish the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Prazeres

Round 3: Front-kick to the body by Ronson to start, as Prazeres appears to be a little winded now. Right uppercut connects by Ronson, who is moving with some excitement. Stiff kick to the lead leg, followed by a head-kick attempt. Ronson is changing levels and his corner is instructing him to stay working. Another head kick attempt, as Prazeres looks up at the clock and seems exhausted with three-plus minutes to go. Here comes Prazeres back, digging deep and landing a couple of nice rights. Ronson answers with a hook-cross combo. Prazeres goes for a takedown and is denied, as Ronson peppers his legs with some more stiff kicks. Two minutes to go and Prazeres is fighting on one leg after several nasty kicks to him while he was grounded. Two lefts by Ronson to the chin, who just misses with a hook. Prazeres shakes off a kick that just misses his head. Another look to the clock by Prazeres and he scores with a takedown, likely sealing this fight for him with that. Ronson transitions and scores with a slam to end the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ronson

Michel Prazeres def. Jesse Ronson via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Renee Forte vs. John Makdessi

Our second straight lightweight contest will pit Renee Forte (8-2) against John Makdessi (12-2). The referee will be Todd Ronald Anderson. Forte competed at middleweight on TUF: Brazil and has won eight of his last 10. Makdessi has won his last two and 11 of his last 13.

Round 1: Nice exchange of head kicks by these two, and Makdessi fires off a spinning back kick that lands flush. Makdessi catches him with a left coming in too strong and this one is over. Makdessi catches Forte, who drops face-first to the canvas. Makdessi pounces, but it appeared as if the punches were forcing Forte to move. He looked out from the first one and ate several more.

John Makdessi def. Renee Forte via KO (strikes) at 2:01 of Round 1

Mitch Gagnon vs. Dustin Kimura

One of two bantamweight fights set for the FS1 prelims is up, as Mitch Gagnon (9-2) takes on Dustin Kimura (10-0). The referee will be Yves Lavigne. Gagnon, an Ontario native, rebounded from a loss to Bryan Caraway by topping Walel Watson recently, while Kimura earned a submission win in his Octagon debut.

Round 1: Gagnon fires off a nice left hook and follows up with a stiff jab, but is eating several leg kicks for his effort. Another left by Gagnon connects, as does a body shot. Kimura has badly damaged the lead leg, but is also bleeding profusely out of his nose area. Gagnon clinches and lands, but Kimura comes back with a counter-hook of his own. Kimura lands a stiff left to the body that forces Gagnon to double-over, but as Kimura comes flying in with a knee, Gagnon lands a takedown. Kimura going for a heel hook, but Gagnon gets out of it and hammers with a shot while going into the mount. Gagnon now to the body with a hook, and follows up with a left-right combo to the head. Straight right damages the eye of Kimura, who’s face is a bloody, bruising mess. Gagnon clinches in a guillotine and he goes out cold. No tap, and the ref steps in, noticing Kimura is out.

Mitch Gagnon def. Dustin Kimura via technical submission (guillotine choke) at 4:05 of Round 1

Chris Clements vs. Stephen Thompson

The lone welterweight contest on the schedule for this evening takes place next, as Chris Clements (11-4) puts his six-fight unbeaten streak on the line against Stephen Thompson (7-1), who is coming off a win over Nah-Shon Burrell earlier this year. John McCarthy is the third man inside the Octagon.

Round 1: Thompson is the heavy favorite, as he went the distance with streaking Matt Brown recently. Clements firing back with some nice leg kicks in response to Thompson’s, who is unbeaten as a kickboxer at 57-0. Just a simple head-kick looks devastating by Thompson, who throws them at will. Thompson fires off a head kick and Clements sweeps him with a low kick. Perfectly executed by Clements, who gets taken down by Thompson in response with a single-leg. Right-hand by Thompson off a counter, and Clements fires back with a left of his own. Thompson winds up in the guard and is looking to punish, as Thompson attempts a D’arce choke but Clements is able to get to his feet. Mirroring side-kick stances, and Thompson scores with another takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Thompson

Round 2: Thompson catches Clements early, pouncing and landing some nice ground-and-pound. Clements shows his toughness, though, as he appears to have recovered from the first-minute onslaught. Clements gets to his feet after Thompson attempts to mount and slips. Clements, now feeling the pressure of the knockdown pushes forward and walks right into another shot by Thompson, who causes him to stop in his tracks with a left that floors him. Just incredible combinations and moves by Thompson.

Stephen Thompson def. Chris Clements via KO (strikes) at 1:27 of Round 2

Ivan Menjivar vs. Wilson Reis

The interim UFC bantamweight title will be on the line later tonight, but first, two fighters who would like to eventually compete for the belt will fight, as Ivan Menjivar (25-10) takes on Wilson Reis (16-4). Reis, a Bellator veteran, has won four straight. The referee will be Yves Lavigne.

Round 1: Stiff kick to the body lands by Menjivar, who is looking to bounce back from a loss to Urijah Faber earlier this year. Reis throws a body kick of his own, but gets pushed down by Menjivar. Maybe it was more of a slip, hard to tell live. Reis with a nice flurry, but gets answered with some Muay Thai knees by Menjivar. Reis looks to have found his rhythm, throwing with more authority everything he has at Menjivar. Nice short elbow by Menjivar lands. Reis pushing forward, but Menjivar is doing a nice job of defending the attacks. The veteran pulls guard with under 40 seconds left, and Reis lands a nice elbow to the head.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Reis

Round 2: Menjivar firing more kicks to start this round, and finding more success, too. Here comes Reis with his fast-acting approach, landing a left and following up with a single-leg takedown with authority. Reis is unable to gain control on the ground, though, and resorts to some nice kicks while Menjivar is down. A third takedown scores for Reis, who gets stuck in the guard once again. Reis has been able to do much damage after taking Menjivar down, but he has controlled the tempo with his wrestling. Reis postures up and does a little damage, but it allows Menjivar to kick out and get up to his feet.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Reis

Round 3: Reis remaining aggressive, and that appears to have Menjivar off his game, as the vet doesn’t know what to do. The crowd is trying to get behind Menjivar, who trains in Montreal. Menjivar lands a kick, but it allows Reis to work for a takedown. Menjivar possibly attempting a guillotine, but Reis notices and scores with a trip takedown as we go under three minutes. Reis looking for an arm triangle as we approach two minutes left in this one. He gives it up for now and lands a nice left from close range. Another left to the face and two to the body, as Reis is moving things towards the center of the Octagon. Reis remains in complete control on the ground.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Reis

Wilson Reis def. Ivan Menjivar via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Mike Ricci vs. Myles Jury

We conclude the prelims with a lightweight scrap between Canada’s Mike Ricci (8-3) and Myles Jury (12-0). Both are alums of The Ultimate Fighter. The referee will be John McCarthy.

Round 1: Jury with a nice kick, but Ricci counters with an overhand left. Ricci has the reach advantage, thus Jury is using his kicks to find the range from where to strike. Ricci snaps off a pair of left kicks, and Jury answers with a head-kick of his own. Jury lands a right that stops Ricci for a brief moment. Jury clasps his hands and slams Ricci to the canvas with a double-leg as we go under two minutes. Ricci attempting to get to his feet, but Jury has control of the ankle. The ref warns them to advance positioning, and Ricci decides to start landing elbows to the head.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Jury

Round 2: Jury with a spinning back fist that misses, and Ricci nearly lands a straight kick to the face. Ricci moving with more confidence now, opening up his offense a little more and putting together combos. Nothing really powerful, though, as both men are being very cautious. Left jab by Ricci connects, as does another. Body kick lands by Ricci, as the Canadian crowd starts to grow restless with a lack in action. Finally, Jury answers back with a body kick of his own. Missed spinning back fist by Jury.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ricci

Round 3: Ricci with a straight left right off the bat, igniting some emotion from the crowd for the first time. Jury circling, and he shoots for a takedown, which he gets. Ricci works back to his feet without Jury getting in any real offense on the ground. Before he can get completely free, though, Jury drags him back to the canvas with just under three minutes to go. Ricci transitions and has Jury up against the fence. Another switch, this time by Jury. Jury takes the back as we go under two minutes, but is unable to do anything with it. Loud boos from the Air Canada Centre now. Ricci gains control, looking to advance his positions as seconds tick away.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Jury

Myles Jury def. Mike Ricci via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

MAIN CARD

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Pat Healy

We open up the pay-per-view main card with a lightweight war between Khabib Nurmagomedov (20-0) and Pat Healy (29-16). Nurmagomedov has finished two of his four UFC opponents, while Healy is unbeaten in his last seven fights, winning six with one no-contest. Yves Lavigne is the third man inside the Octagon. The Ontario athletic commission forced Healy to trim his beard after weigh-ins Friday.

Round 1: Healy comes swooping in with a left-right combo. Left uppercut by Nurmagomedov stops Healy for a brief moment, showing “Bam Bam” his power right off the start. Healy looking to make this ugly, while Nurmagomedov tends to be more precise with his offense. Healy swinging with everything he has, lefts, rights to the head and body. Another step-in uppercut lands by Nurmagomedov, as does a kick. Healy back, charging forward with lefts and rights. Such a contrasting style it is very interesting to see. Flying knee by Nurmagomedov stuns Healy, as does another uppercut. Healy’s face is already starting to show some damage and Nurmagomedov appears to be sensing blood. Big left lands, and a big left uppercut just misses. Nurmagomedov must have seen something in watching film, as he has thrown that step-in uppercut countless times. Nurmagomedov with two takedowns to seal the opening round in his favor.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Nurmagomedov

Round 2: Healy feeling it, attacking the body of Nurmagomedov. The Russian scores with his third takedown and immediately goes to the back, landing several uncontested lefts directly to the face. Head kick by Nurmagomedov just lands, and once again, Healy is coming forward. Healy tags Nurmagomedov with a right to the side of the head, but he can’t follow up. Nice knee to the body by Healy inside the clinch, and Nurmagomedov scores with a trip takedown against the fence. Healy with a jab, followed by a 1-2 combo. Nurmagomedov goes back to the clinch, as he appears to have slowed dramatically from the start of this round. One more takedown by Nurmagomedov, possibly stealing this round in the waning moments.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Nurmagomedov

Round 3: Healy denies a takedown attempt and goes to the body with his striking. This time, Healy has no chance to stop the takedown, as Nurmagomedov powers through with a double-leg. Healy possible looking for a submission, as his corner yells at him to stand up. Nurmagomedov on top, doing a little damage – enough to keep the ref from standing them up as we approach three minutes. Healy gets to his feet, and Nurmagomedov scoops him up, walks across the cage with Healy on his shoulder and slams him down. Nurmagomedov, looking the fresher fighter, works to advance his position and impose his will. Big lefts and rights now from Nurmagomedov, who is in complete control. A win would do wonders, a finish could really vault him up the standings.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Nurmagomedov

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

Costa Philippou vs. Francis Carmont

Two middleweights looking to position themselves in the divisional rankings square off, as Costa Philippou (12-2) puts his five-fight win streak on the line against Francis Carmont (21-7), who is undefeated in his last 10 bouts. John McCarthy is the referee in charge.

Round 1: Carmont shoots and scores with a double-leg takedown. Looked a lot like training partner Georges St-Pierre with that move. Philippou tries to work to his feet, and Carmont re-positions and brings him back down to the canvas. GSP is right in his ear shouting instructions. Carmont nearly secures a choke, but winds up on top after not being able to secure the submission. Nice elbow to the top of the head by Carmont, and Philippou looks for an armbar. Carmont will have none of it and moves to side control. Philippou has the wrist, but Carmont moves and lands a nice shot from the top. Carmont kind of fakes a head-and-arm choke before moving back into the guard.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Carmont

Round 2: Philippou goes up top with a combo, and Carmont powers through with a double-leg takedown. Nice elbow from inside the guard by Carmont, and he fires off a knee to the body, and another elbow. Philippou looks frustrated by Carmont’s top control, as the fighter remains on top. The ref is warning for lack of action as we approach the two-minute mark, and he stands them up. Philippou appears extremely fatigued, not stringing much together at this point. A third successful takedown for Carmont, who is attempting a kimura, but can’t secure it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Carmont

Round 3: Once again, Carmont brings Philippou to the mat and goes to work on punishing him. Carmont posturing up and hammering down on Philippou over and over now, and just as Philippou nearly gets free, he wraps him back up like a blanket. Philippou attempting a guillotine, but he can’t secure it. While the Air Canada Centre was not impressed, Carmont completely dominated Philippou for 15 minutes, finishing with a bit of a flurry.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Carmont

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

Brendan Schaub vs. Matt Mitrione

Two former Ultimate Fighter heavyweights meet with Brendan Schaub (9-3) looking to string together another win streak against Matt Mitrione (6-2). Mitrione also won his last, knocking out Phil De Fries. Dan Miragliotta will be the referee.

Round 1: Schaub asks for a touch of gloves and Mitrione declines. These two have had issues over the last few weeks, and it intensified at the weigh-ins on Friday with them needing to be separated. Will Schaub stand and trade, or use the same approach as he did vs. Lavar Johnson? “The Hybrid” lands a right to start the action and they engage in a mini-flurry. Mitrione with a big inside leg kick, and Schaub misses on a wild left. Huge cut opened up already on the forehead of Schaub, which came from an accidental head butt. Mitrione also cut on side of his left eye and is talking to Schaub while moving forward. Another inside leg kick, this time to the body, by Mitrione. Schaub with a flurry, landing lefts and rights, and he scores with a double-leg takedown. Schaub has an arm-in choke as we go under a minute and Mitrione goes out cold. He motioned that he was fine, but Schaub tightened the grip and Mitrione went out.

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

Renan Barao (ic) vs. Eddie Wineland for interim UFC bantamweight championship

Our first of two title fights is up, as inteirm UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao (30-1) puts his impressive win streak on the line against the first WEC bantamweight champion in Eddie Wineland (20-8-1), who is 6-2 in his last eight. The referee will be Yves Lavigne.

Round 1: Wineland quickly takes the Octagon, coming right out after Barao. The Brazilian fires off the first leg kick, going inside. Wineland setting up his right with a left jab. Barao with an inside kick and that leaves him open for a huge right from Wineland that lands flush. Wineland powers Barao over, but doesn’t pounce. Barao kind of shoots for a takedown, but Wineland brushes him off. Big right catches Wineland from the Brazilian, who goes back to the inside leg kicks. Nice combo from Barao lands, as Wineland starts to move back for the first time.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Barao

Round 2: Barao catches Wineland with a spinning back kick that sends him flying backwards. Before Wineland can even think about recovering, Barao attacks, swarming him and forcing the referee to step in.

Renan Barao def. Eddie Wineland via KO (strikes/spinning back kick) at :35 of Round 2

Jon Jones (c) vs. Alexander Gustafsson for the UFC light heavyweight championship

It’s time. Our main event features UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (18-1) taking on No. 1 contender Alexander Gustafsson (15-1). With a win, Jones will surpass Tito Ortiz for the most successful title defenses in the division. Gustafsson, he is trying to join Chris Weidman and Anthony Pettis as new champions in the UFC over the past few months. The veteran official, John McCarthy, will be in charge of the action.

Round 1: The Air Canada Centre is loud for this one. They have been waiting all night, and so have we. Gustafsson throwing some nice inside leg kicks, closing the distance against Jones quickly. Jones gets the clinch, but Gustafsson gets out. Spinning back kick to the body by Jones, and he goes to the front-leg side kick. Several of them thrown by Jones, and Gustafsson starts answering with kicks to Jones. Gustafsson counters with an inside uppercut that lands, and he hits a left jab as well. Gustafsson with a glancing right blow, and he is landing several strikes through the first three-plus minutes. Left lands by Gustafsson and Jones has a cut over his right eye. Gustafsson pushing forward, backing Jones up. Spinning back kick by Jones lands to the midsection. Combo by Gustafsson lands, as does an overhand right. Gustafsson is winning the striking exchanges so far. Gustafsson becomes the first fighter to take Jones down, doing so in the center of the Octagon. An accidental eye poke by Jones causes a stop and McCarthy warns both to watch the fingers. Spinning back elbow just misses by Jones, who ends the round aggressively.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Gustafsson

Round 2: Greg Jackson constantly told Jones between rounds to “calm down.” Gustafsson takes him down again, and Jones quickly gets back up. He starts chasing but can’t get hold of the Swede. Gustafsson fends off another takedown attempt, as he has been stuffed now five times. Wild right just misses by Gustafsson, and Jones seems unsure of the distance between the two. Jones lands a head kick that sends Gustafsson flying back a bit. Spinning back kick to the body by Jones again and a left lands. Gustafsson catches a head kick, Jones drops and spins, clinches, but can’t get the takedown. Credit Phil Davis with these six takedown defenses by Gustafsson, as the two train on a daily basis after facing off years ago.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Jones

Round 3: Jones appears to be a little fatigued, breathing heavily on the stool between rounds. His right eye also appears to be bothering him. Jones with a kick, but Gustafsson lands a combo, over the top and an uppercut, that stuns Jones. Spinning back kick connects again for Jones, his best offensive move, but he is denied on another takedown attempt. Gustafsson goes jab to the body, high right and lands. High kick lands with the shin to Gustafsson’s head. Jones with a kick to the body that Gustafsson responds to with one of his own. Uppercut and a right from the challenger, and another right that lands square on the jaw. Jones applying more pressure, coming forward now. Power kick to the body sends Gustafsson up against the fence. Big breathing by Gustafsson now after those shots to the body, as Jones is doing damage. One minute left in the round. Jones defends the takedown this time with ease.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Jones

Round 4: Jones with a left to start the round, and Gustafsson answers back with his right. Straight right gets through by Jones, and again, Gustafsson answers back with another right. Nice left jabs getting through by Jones. The left eye of the champion appears to be almost completely swollen shut. Jones drops for a takedown and gets denied easily. Gustafsson with a perfectly timed left and he now is on the attack, kicks to the body and a right to the chin. The crowd senses something and Jones goes for a takedown. Again, Gustafsson denies him and that opens the cut up of Jones even more on his right eye. Two straight lefts by Gustafsson, who is dominating this round. Again, Jones gets denied on a takedown and his right eye is covered with blood. Jones can’t defend anything, likely because he can’t see out of either eye. He checks the clock and goes on the attack. Elbows, knees and Gustafsson is retreating. Jones shoots for a takedown but gets denied. That was the best flurry. Inside the clinch and Jones lands another elbow and is a bloody mess now. Flying knee by Jones.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Jones

Round 5: Here we go people! This is insane. Fight of the year right now, even without this fifth round. Gustafsson strikes first, landing a nice right. Kick to the body is blocked by Gustafsson. Inside the clinch and the challenger lands a couple of uppercuts. Straight left by Jones lands. Jones with a step-in elbow and Gustafsson responds with uppercuts. Gustafsson shoots and gets denied. Combo from Gustafsson connect and Jones’ mouth is busted open. He responds with a right of his own, shoots and finally scores with a takedown on his 10th attempt of the fight. We go under three minutes in the fight. Gustafsson wall-walks right to his feet and both fighters are breathing heavily. Halfway home. The crowd is on its feet and Jones lands a head kick. Gustafsson takes it and answers. Gustafsson is exhausted. He puts his hands on his hips and bows his head as we go under two minutes. Jones with a kick. If “Bones” can put anything together, he could finish Gustafsson right here. Spinning back elbow by Gustafsson. Where did that come from? He looked done seconds ago. Big kick to the body by Jones and Gustafsson sprints away. One minute left. Another head kick by the champion lands. Gustafsson gets denied on a takedown attempt as we go under 30 seconds. Another head kick by Jones. And another one. Gustafsson has to have taken 20-plus head kicks. Flying knee and an elbow by Jones to finish this fight. FIGHT OF THE YEAR!

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Jones

Jon Jones def. Alexander Gustafsson via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) to remain UFC light heavyweight champion

Folks, that is it for tonight! Remember to keep checking throughout the night and Sunday morning for all your latest UFC news and information. Thanks for joining us!

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