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'Unanimous' victory for Jones at UFC 165

On Saturday night, fight fans witnessed a fight for the ages with UFC 165 taking place in Las Vegas. Jon Jones was in the fight of his life against his opponent, Alexander Gustaffson. Jones fights at light heavyweight (205 lbs.) and he is usually a lot heavier than that on fight night. He is also 6-foot-4 and usually enjoys a dramatic reach advantage, along with his size advantage. That was not the case on Saturday night. Jones usually picks his opponents apart by staying on the outside and utilizing his edge in reach. On most nights his face is rarely touched. When observing him after the fight, you usually can't tell he has been in a fight. Many people believed that Jones would simply take Gustaffson down at will and either submit him or ground-and-pound his way to a TKO victory.

In some sports books Gustaffson was listed as a 12-1 underdog. That was not the case on Saturday night. Surprisingly, there are many fans who dislike the light heavyweight champ, according to UFC president Dana White, “I know there are a lot of people who don’t like Jones and boo him for whatever the reason is. Everybody has a different reason for why they are not a fan of Jones, but I don’t care if you like him or don’t like him, you’ve got to respect him, man,” White said. “Even today with breaking the record [most successful light heavyweight title defense, his sixth] … he went through murders’ row, Jon did." Some fans questioned whether Jones had the intestinal fortitude to battle for five rounds with an opponent pushing him to his limits. That was not the case Saturday night. Jones went to battle with a game opponent for five unbelievable rounds of action. UFC commentators Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan stated that it was the best fight they had ever seen inside the octagon.

The judges scored the fight 48-47, 48-47, and 49-46. With those scores came a unanimous decision victory for Jones, although the thought amongst fans in the arena and online was anything but unanimous. When listening to the crowds' reaction after the decision, it seemed there were as many boos as there were cheers. In my humble opinion, if the fight is as close as this fight was, it should go to the champion. Fightmetrics, the official stat-keeper for the UFC, gave Jones the advantage in significant strikes landed at 134 to 110. After the fight both fighters were taken to the hospital without attending the post-fight press conference. On a night that saw Renan Barao defeat Eddie Wineland by a spinning back kick to the face, it was a bout that seemed the most lopsided on paper that stole the show. For those who had the privilege to witness this fight, it is surely a fight that they