Anyone tuning in last night to UFC 165 had little doubt about the evening’s top effort. To the delight of those in attendance and glued to television screens around the world, UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones put his gold up for grabs against Alexander Gustafsson and nearly saw his dream of breaking Tito Ortiz’s record for consecutive defenses go out the window. Gustafsson looked crisp from the opening bell on and got the better of Jones more often than not. However, he had little answer for Jones’ onslaught of kicks and came close to being finished in the fourth round of the rumble.
Though Gustafsson didn’t emerge with the win, he at least earned $50,000 for his role in the card’s “Fight of the Night”. Jones was also awarded $50,000 on top of his regularly contracted rate for his effort.
Meanwhile, Jones’ fellow champion, Renan Barao, brought home $50,000 for “Knockout of the Night”. The Brazilian’s stoppage came against Eddie Wineland after landing a beautiful spinning kick and improved his overall record to 31-1.
“Submission of the Night” was handed to Mitch Gagnon after he put Dustin Kimura to sleep with a Guillotine Choke on the undercard, netting the Canadian grappler an extra $50k. Ten of his eleven wins have come by way of submission.