UFC 165 Results: Live Reaction for Every Fight
UFC 165 gave us one of the greatest UFC title fights of all-time.
Jon Jones defended his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship by unanimous decision. Alexander Gustafsson gave him all he wanted and more. There is no doubt that these two will meet once again.
Renan Barao adds a highlight reel TKO to his fight history. He nailed Eddie Wineland with a spinning back kick, and then finished up on the ground to retain the Interim UFC Bantamweight Championship.
Jon Jones defeats Alexander Gustafsson by unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)
Renan Barao defeats Eddie Wineland by TKO at 0:35 of the second round
Brendan Schaub defeats Matt Mitrione via submission (d'arce choke) at 4:06 of the first round
Francis Carmont defeats Costa Philippou by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Khabib Nurmagomedov defeats Pat Healy by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Myles Jury defeats Mike Ricci by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Wilson Reis defeats Ivan Menjivar by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28 29-28)
Stephen Thompson defeats Chris Clements by KO at 1:27 of the second round
Mitch Gagnon defeats Dustin Kimura via submission (guillotine) at 4:05 of the first round
John Makdessi defeats Renee Forte by KO at 2:01 of the first round
Michel Prazeres defeats Jesse Ronson by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Alex Caceres defeats Roland Delorme by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Daniel Omielanczuk defeats Nandor Guelmino by KO at 3:18 of the third round
UFC Light Heavyweight Championship: Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson
The greatest light heavyweight championship fight of all-time, and quite possibly the fight of 2013. What a fight!
The first three rounds were extremely close. They could have been scored for either fighter. I personally gave the first for Gustafsson, and the final four for the champion. Jones' accumlation of strikes added up, and later in the fight he hurt Gustafsson badly.
Gustafsson shut up a lot of critics, including myself. He was prepared and every bit the top contender. What a fight!
Bleacher Report scores the fight 49-46 Jones.
Interim UFC Bantamweight Championship: Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland
Wineland comes right out and presses the action. Both fighters are trying to figure out the distance and timing. Barao comes in, but it's Wineland who walks him to the fence. They are separated. Barao tries a high kick, but Wineland tosses it aside. Wineland finishes a combination with a leg kick. It was the kick that landed cleanly. Barao lands a solid leg kick. Barao wants to take this fight down, but he is not willing to commit to a takedown attempt just yet. Good combination from Barao.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Barao.
Barao lands a spinning back kick, and this fight is over! WOW!
Barao defeats Wineland by TKO at 0:35 of the second round
A spinning back kick followed up by a couple of clean punches, and it is over. Interim champion still. Dominick Cruz is on notice.
Brendan Schaub vs. Matt Mitrione
They are getting after it early. Schaub lands early, but not at full power. Mitrione is waiting to land that one shot. Schaub laces a big right toward Mitrione's dome. Mitrione is bleeding from the corner of his eye. Leg kick from Mitrione. Schaub comes forward with a combination, and he takes Mitrione to the floor. Schaub gets a d'arce in deep, and it's all over!
Schaub defeats Mitrione via submission (d'arce choke) at 4:06 of the first round
A good performance from Schaub. The best of his career yet.
Costa Philippou vs. Francis Carmont
Philippou using head movement early. Carmont lands a good leg kick. Carmont takes Philippou down. GSP is barking out orders to Carmont. Good punch around the back of Philippou. Carmont goes for a rear-naked choke, but Philippou spins out of it. Carmont is now on top of him away from the cage. Philippou throws his legs up looking for an arm, but Carmont defends easily. Philippou goes for an omaplata, but it wasn't a realistic threat.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Carmont.
Carmont times the punch from Philippou, and he takes him down easily. Carmont is keeping Philippou down, and landing shots when he can. Philippou gets back up. Carmont looks for another takedown, and he completes it. Carmont landing some more ground and pound. That is how the round will end.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Carmont.
Philippou seems defeated in the corner before the third round starts. Carmont goes for a takedown, and puts Philippou on the mat. That was not a takedown timed off a strike. It was just brute strength. Half the round is gone. Carmont closes out the fight in top position.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Carmont, and the fight 30-27 Carmont.
Carmont defeats Philippou by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Philippou's days in the top 10 are most likely done, and Carmont will take his place. It wasn't the most exciting, but it was the most exciting Carmont we have seen. And dominant.
Pat Healy vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Healy comes out aggressive. Nurmagomedov will have the speed advantage. Healy starts to brawl with Nurmagomedov a bit. He is chasing him down. Nurmagomedov briefly clinches with Healy. Nurmagomedov throws a flying knee. Healy is cut on his cheek. Healy goes to the body. Healy continues with the pressure. Nurmagomedov briefly has Healy on his butt, but they get right back to their feet. Nurmagomedov grabs a hold of Healy again at the end of the round. A solid right hand at the horn. Very close round.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Nurmagomedov.
Nurmagomedov lands a couple stiff punches. Nurmagomedov gets Healy's back. Good punches as Healy stands. Healy is keeping up the pace but he is not landing with any consistency. Nurmagomedov is being the more effective fighter halfway through the round. Healy lands two right hands over the top. Nurmagomedov grabs a hold of Healy to slow the pace. Healy lands a good right hand. Nurmagomedov is starting to slow down. Nurmagomedov clinches with Healy, and he lands a few shots inside. Takedown from Nurmagomedov with 30 seconds remaining.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Nurmagomedov.
Healy right back to pushing the pace, but Nurmagomedov goes for a takedown that fails. Healy lands to the body. Nurmagomedov puts Healy's back on the canvas. Healy is having a hard time getting back to his feet. Nurmagomedov is trying to keep him down, but Healy inches closer to the cage. Healy finally stands. Nurmagomedov runs Healy across the cage and slams him to the floor! Nurmagomedov is landing good ground and pound now. 90 seconds to go. More ground and pound until the finish.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Nurmagomedov, and the fight 30-27 Nurmagomedov.
Nurmagomedov defeats Healy by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
A great way to open the PPV, and Nurmagomedov gets the big win he needs to jump into the top 10. The undefeated grappler will surely earn an even bigger fight his next time out. Benson Henderson, anyone?
Mike Ricci vs. Myles Jury
Tentative start to the fight. Ricci is doing a good job of using his jab to establish reach. Jury lands a right. That got Ricci's attention. Jury shoots in, and he takes Ricci down. Ricci moves his back against the fence. Ricci lands a couple good elbows to the side of Jury's head. Ricci gets back to his feet.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Jury.
Ricci tries to cut off the cage. Good body kick from Ricci. Jury is telegraphing his right hand, and Ricci is mixing it up a bit more in this round. The action is null and void. One minute left in the round. Jury goes for a takedown, Ricci defends and the terrible round comes to a close.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-10.
They meet in the center of the cage, but go right back to what they had been doing. Jury shoots for a takedown, and he is able to suck Ricci's legs out from under him. Ricci gives up his back in order to stand. Ricci reverses the position, and Jury is on his butt. Jury reverses right back. Absolutely no offense. Jury is trying to advance to Ricci's back. He gets it. Ricci spins on top. Jury works back to put Ricci on his butt.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Jury, and the fight 30-28 Jury.
Jury defeats Ricci by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Ivan Menjivar vs. Wilson Reis
Reis establishes the center of the Octagon. Reis throws a high kick, and Menjivar lands a right in the process. Menjivar is throwing a lot of leg kicks. Menjivar lands a knee in the clinch. Menjivar lands a nice hook inside. Reis goes for a takedown, and he gets it. Menjivar has full guard.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Menjivar.
Reis catches a kick, and he puts Menjivar on his back. A lot of time to work for Reis. Menjivar gets back to his feet. Menjivar throws, but Reis times his takedown off the strike. Not much offense thus far. Menjivar stands again.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Reis.
90 seconds goes by without much offense. Reis closes the distance. He takes Menjivar down again. Reis mounts. Reis is tight on top. Menjivar is trying to tie him up, but this is just control from Reis. Menjivar is trying to be active from bottom, but he has no space to work.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Reis, and the fight 29-28 Reis.
Reis defeats Menjivar by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Menjivar started well, but the takedowns by Reis allowed him to control the striker. The fight was nothing to write home about, but a good win for Reis in his debut.
Chris Clements vs. Stephen Thompson
Thompson's speed advantage is evident early on. Clements starting with low leg kicks. Clements hit a wheel kick to the legs of Thompson. Nicely done. Thompson presses Clements against the fence. They separate. Solid outside leg kick from Thompson. Clements moves Thompson to the cage. Clements slips, and Thompson tries to capitalize. They stand after a scramble on the ground. Thompson lands a jab, and takes Clements down.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Thompson.
Thompson hurts Clements. Thompson works from the guard now as Clements tries to recover. Thompson puts together another series of strikes, and the fight is over. Clements was out of it.
Thompson defeats Clements by KO at 1:27 of the second round
Thompson got a favorable matchup here, and it showed. He got to showcase his development, and finish with his strikes. A solid developmental fight for Thompson.
Mitch Gagnon vs. Dustin Kimura
Gagnon goes for the takedown, but Kimura defends. Gagnon is coming forward consistently, but not much offense is landing other than leg kicks. Gagnon lands a good left to the body. Kimura is busted up a bit. Kimura lands a body shot, and that hurt Gagnon. Kimura goes for a heel hook, but Gagnon gets out. Gagnon lands a good shot on the mat. Gagnon drops for a guillotine. He's out cold!
Gagnon defeats Kimura via submission (guillotine) at 4:05 of the first round
Excellent fight to open the Fox Sports 1 preliminary fights. Gagnon went after it. They each had spurts of offense, but Gagnon had more and more meaningful punches. He eventually rolled with the guillotine and put Kimura to sleep.
John Makdessi vs. Renee Forte
Forte is the one coming forward from the outset. Makdessi will be happy to counter. Spinning back kick from Makdessi. Makdessi drops Forte, and he finishes him on the mat.
Makdessi defeats Forte by KO at 2:01 of the first round
Forte decided to strike with the striker, and he got leveled. Makdessi was happy to oblige him. He clipped him behind the ear, and followed up on the mat.
Jesse Ronson vs. Michel Prazeres
Prazeres wastes little time in taking Ronson down. He moves to side control. Ronson stands, but Prazeres slams him back down to the canvas. Prazeres keeps trying to set up submissions, but Ronson's movement causes him to move. He is moving from dominant position to dominant position. The round closes with Prazeres seeking the choke.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Prazeres.
Prazeres takes him to the floor immediately. Ronson gets to his feet, but only for a moment. Ronson keeps defending well, but he is unable to mount any offense. He gets back to his feet. Prazeres marches forward for the takedown again. Ronson gets back to his feet. Ronson lands a couple kicks. Prazeres diving for the takedown now, and Ronson is able to defend. That could be a sign that Prazeres is slowing down.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Prazeres.
Ronson lands a good uppercut. Ronson is being patient with his strikes now. Prazeres lands a right. Prazeres gets a hold of Ronson, but he isn't dumping him to the mat. Ronson gets away. Ronson lands several strong leg kicks to the thigh of Prazeres. Prazeres takes Ronson down with one minute remaining. Ronson slams Prazeres at the end of the round.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Ronson, and the fight 29-28 Prazeres.
Prazeres defeats Ronson by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Prazeres should have done more work on the ground, but his control was good enough to win the first two frames. Ronson could not keep him off of him. Prazeres needs to add in more offense.
Roland Delorme vs. Alex Caceres
Caceres throws a spinning back fist. Caceres is throwing and landing much more than Delorme. Caceres is in and out before Delorme can counter, but as I type that Delorme drops Caceres. Caceres rolls out of the mounted crucifix, and he nearly takes the back of Delorme! Delorme kept working in the scramble to avoid the bad position. Delorme takes Caceres' back. Delorme tries to pepper Caceres with shots in order to get him to open up. Another scramble and this time it's Caceres that ends up on top. They are back on the feet to end the round.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Delorme.
Caceres goes back to winning the stand-up exchanges. His jab is a big weapon in this fight. They clinch, and Delorme trips to the ground. Caceres tries to take advantage, but Delorme gets back to his feet. Another scramble, and Delorme gets top position. However, Caceres is easily back to his feet. Caceres lands a knee to the head in the clinch. Caceres' speed is a big difference on the feet. Delorme tries to press forward with wild punches, but Caceres defends the strikes and the takedown attempt.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Caceres.
Caceres lands a good inside leg kick to open the round. They clinch, and Caceres is the one looking for a takedown. They separate. Caceres landing more strikes. Delorme is not able to close the distance to land strikes of his own. Delorme catches a leg, tries to take him down, but fails. Caceres takes Delorme's back. They go back to standing. Caceres goes for a high kick, slips and Delorme is in his guard with thirty seconds to go. Caceres ties him up.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Caceres, and the fight 29-28 Caceres.
Caceres defeats Delorme by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
A very entertaining first round followed by two mediocre ones. Regardless, Caceres did what he had to do to capture the win. A quality win for a developing fighter.
Nandor Guelmino vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
A good pace is set early on. Omielanczuk lands a left. Omielanczuk moves Guelmino to the fence. They separate, but go right back to the clinch against the fence. They get broken up again. Omielanczuk takes Guelmino down briefly, but he pops right back to his feet.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Omielanczuk.
Guelmino fires off some kicks to keep Omielanczuk at bay, but it doens't last. Omielanczuk connects. Omielanczuk is trying to take the fight to the floor. He finally puts Guelmino on the mat. Omielanczuk goes for a Kimura. Guelmino moves to side control as Omielanczuk loses the submission. Guelmino isn't doing much damage from the top, but he's controlling Omielanczuk. Omielanczuk rolled for a leg, but he wasn't able to get the submission or find a better position.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Guelmino.
Omielanczuk lands a solid body kick. They are very tired. Omielanczuk moves the fight against the fence. They get separated. Guelmino lands a side kick. Omielanczuk lands a couple punches as he comes forward. Referee separates them one more time. Omielanczuk drops and finishes Guelmino out of nowhere. Right over the top!
Omielanczuk defeats Guelmino by KO at 3:18 of the third round
Another lackluster heavyweight fight, but one that comes with a good finish. Omielanczuk was better on the feet all fight, and he finally dropped Guelmino.