Though the result wasn’t as head-scratching as St-Pierre/Hendricks, plenty of frustration still stemmed from Jones’ narrow outpointing of Gustafsson at UFC 165. “The Mauler” lived up to his nickname by testing the light heavyweight champ as no opponent had before, doing a valiant job when it came to defending takedowns and busting him up over the five-round fight. Though he lost on the scorecards, enough support for Gustafsson emerged to earn him a rematch so long as he beats Jimi Manuwa in March. Jones will also need to get by Glover Teixeira, but his subsequent scrap should absolutely involve Gustafsson regardless of how he fares against the Brazilian bomber.
The fire has downed down surrounding the controversy involved in Saturday night’s showdown between UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre and title-contender Johny Hendricks now that a number of days have passed since the bout’s questionable outcome. Despite St-Pierre’s decision to take off an undetermined amount of time, UFC President Dana White has assured fans “Rush” and Hendricks will rumble again in hopes of seeing a clear-cut winner determined. Their rematch is one of many the organization will look to make at some point next year. Here are some others worth considering as well… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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