Few people predicted a competitive clash when Quinton Jackson was handed Forrest Griffin as a foe. “Rampage” had scored six straight victories entering the affair including recent wins over Chuck Liddell and Dan Henderson, while Griffin was only two triumphs removed from a knockout loss to Keith Jardine. Of course, the reason fights take place is because winners aren’t determined on paper, and Griffin showed up to scrap. He picked Jackson apart early on, dropping him with a series of leg kicks no less, and held on over the next few rounds to earn the strap with a semi-controversial decision nod.
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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