With divisional king Tito Ortiz back in the fold after some time on the sidelines it was clear he was destined to duke it out with interim champion Randy Couture. Unlike Chuck Liddell, who Couture had beaten to bring home the belt a few months earlier, Ortiz posed a different kind of problem for Couture in that he was a well-versed wrestler. Still, Ortiz’s ground-game made little difference in the end, and “The Natural” went on to outpoint the former “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” over a five-round period including a memorable sequence involving a series of spanks to his cowering competitor’s backside.
Saturday night’s spectacular showdown between UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones and talented contender Alexander Gustafsson will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest championship clashes in the organization’s history. Action saw each man on top at certain points in the pairing, while bout also had to battle through some serious adversity in order to go the full five rounds. Their UFC 165 fight won’t be forgotten for a long time, adding to the list of title-tilts leaving fans in awe based on the effort put forth in the Octagon. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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