As you probably heard, nearly mythical UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones and top contender Alexander "The Mauler" Gustafsson put on quite the show last night during their title fight at UFC 165 in Toronto, Ontario. The back-and-forth, 25-minute affair had fans on the edge of their seats from the start, right up until the scorecards were announced to unanimously favor the reigning champ.
Both fighters were taken to the hospital immediately after the fight. Jones' face was badly brutalized, and he was sporting a huge cut, busted nose, fattened lips and plenty of welts. Gustafsson didn't show quite as much wear, but he was so exhausted following the fight that he needed his corner's help to raise his arms to put his shirt back on.
After the fight, Jones was quoted as saying (via Jeff Wagenheim of Sports Illustrated), "Man, I tell you what, I've been asking for a dogfight for a long time. And I finally got that dogfight."
Jones was taken out of the arena on a stretcher. Gustafsson left under his own power.
When they crossed paths at the same hospital, the Swede took the chance to take a photo with the man he had been fighting with just hours earlier. You can see the picture he posted on his Facebook profile here:
Jones looks much worse for wear than Gustafsson in the picture. In addition to the damage to his face, he is sporting a swollen forehead on par with Georges St-Pierre's following his victory over Carlos Condit in 2012. You can also see Gustafsson holding up Jones' hand as he throws up a sign.
Both fighters, thankfully, were released from the hospital earlier today. Neither had any broken bones or serious injuries.
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