UFC 165 Results: Full Winners and Analysis for Fight Card
The best pound-for-pound fighter in the world will be on display on Saturday, as Jon “Bones” Jones puts his light heavyweight title on the line against Alexander Gustafsson in the UFC 165 main event.
Action from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto goes beyond that, though.
Interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao will take on Eddie Wineland in what should be a scintillating fight that could headline any other card.
There's also a battle of desperate heavyweight sluggers in Brendan Schaub and Matt Mitrione, as well as an intriguing fight between Pat Healy and Khabib Nurmagomedov in a terrific lightweight showdown.
Let’s take a look at the complete results from UFC 165’s main card.
Jon Jones Defeats Alexander Gustafsson Via Unanimous Decision
Jon “Bones” Jones retained his Light Heavyweight title with a unanimous victory (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) over 26-year-old Alexander Gustafsson on Saturday.
"Unanimous" doesn't quite begin to describe this unbelievable fight, though.
In what turned out to be one of the best title fights of all time, the challenger put in an absolutely spectacular performance, going blow-for-blow with Jones and completely stymieing Bones' takedown ability. He also knocked down Jones for the first time in the champions' career.
It was a scintillating, amazing battle in every way, and both deserves can't receive enough credit.
Jones is now 19-1, with his only loss coming via DQ in a match against Matt Hamill back in 2009. He has beaten the likes of Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen and now Gustafsson.
But with challengers in the light heavyweight division starting to run thin, you can bet that a rematch of this epic, even battle will be on the horizon.
Renan Barao Defeats Eddie Wineland Via TKO
With champion Dominick Cruz still sidelined as he rehabs from an ACL tear, Renan Barao remains the king of the bantamweight division.
He retained that title on Saturday with a highlight-reel TKO win over Eddie Wineland when he took the challenger down with spinning back-kick and followed it up with a flurry of punches.
Barao, who won the interim title against Urijah Faber in July of 2012, has now successfully defended twice with wins over Michael McDonald and now Wineland. That gives him victories over Nos. 2, 3 and 4 in the rankings as we patiently await a potentially explosive Cruz-Barao battle, which hopefully happens sometime early in 2014.
This is an unfortunate hiccup for the 29-year-old Wineland, but he will remain right around the top five in the division.
Brendan Schaub Defeats Matt Mitrione Via Submission
Two unranked heavyweight sluggers in desperate need of a win squared off inside the Octagon on Saturday, and it was Brendan Schaub scoring the victory over Matt Mitrione.
Schaub dominated Mitrione, and after a swarm of punches, The Hybrid scored the takedown and choked Mitrione unconscious to force the referee to stop the fight.
Both fighters entered with backwards momentum. Schaub had lost two of his last three fights and was embarrassing at Metamoris 2 in June. Mitrione knocked out Phil De Fries in 19 seconds back in April, but he had also lost two of three and was suspended for two weeks after his win over De Fries.
As such, Schaub has grabbed an important UFC lifeline in the heavyweight division with the thrilling win, while Mitrione’s future with the company is now in serious doubt.
Francis Carmont Defeats Costa Philippou Via Unanimous Decision
Francis Carmont scored a crucial win on Saturday, defeating Costa Philippou with a dominant unanimous decision victory
It may be time to start paying attention to “Limitless” in the middleweight division.
The 31-year-old won his first five UFC fights, but he was never really seen as a major player at this class. This win over Philippou, who entered the night ranked No. 7 in the division, certainly changes that belief.
Expect him to get another fight against a top-10 opponent.
For Philippou, who had also won five in a row, this serves as his first loss since March of 2011. A victory would have likely scored him a top-five bout, and this is a tough setback.
Khabib Nurmagomedov Defeats Pat Healy Via Unanimous Decision
Khabib Nurmagomedov's ascent up the lightweight ranks continued on Saturday, as he was able to defeat No. 10 Pat Healy with a clinical, concise performance.
"The Eagle" is now 21-0 with wins in his first five UFC contests, and as long as he continues to rack up victories at this pace—this was his third of the year—he is going to quickly move up the ranks in a talented lightweight division.
After the win, he asked the Canada crowd and the UFC universe for a title shot against Anthony Pettis.
On the other hand, this serves as a rough loss for Healy, who looked outmatched.
He saw his return to the UFC in April go from a win over Jim Miller to a no-contest thanks to a positive marijuana test. This defeat to the young Russian further hurts his momentum.