Gustafsson had plenty of hype going into his attempt at dethroning light heavyweight king Jon Jones after stringing together six instances of success including victories over Thiago Silva, Matt Hamill, James Te Huna, and Mauricio Rua. Still, few people picked him to beat “Bones”. That will change if/when the two face off again based on Gustafsson’s showing in the evening’s main event. He teed off at times on Jones’ face, badly damaging the champion’s mug, and would have apparently ended up winning due to a cut-based stoppage if referee John McCarthy hadn’t helped convince the ringside doctor Jones was okay to continue. It may not come until Jones moves up until heavyweight, but Gustafsson seems destined to hold UFC gold based on not only his previous efforts but his performance in Toronto against the greatest 205-pound champ in the promotion’s history.
Every time a Mixed Martial Artist enters the Octagon a learning experience is about to unfold. Not only do the involved individuals gain a certain level of knowledge based on the bout, but those watching the action exit the effort with a new understanding of what each fighter has to offer. UFC 165 was no different in that regard with plenty of information being dispatched, some of it eye-opening and some simply affirmation of already-established assertions. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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