Surging superstar Jon Jones and opponent Alexander Gustafsson painted a masterpiece on the Octagon canvas last weekend when the two tussled in Toronto. Gustafsson dropped jaws by coming out as the superior striker, shrugging off any supposed disadvantage brought on by the difference in reach, and even took Jones down to the mat for the first time in the champion’s career. Jones battled back despite struggling to secure any takedowns of note, landing some stiff kicks to Gustafsson’s body and head along with some other solid shots. When the smoke cleared, a badly beaten Jones had his hand raised due to his output in the final two frames of the fight. Truly, the tilt would have been a 5-star affair even without gold being up for grabs.
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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