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What made UFC 165's light heavyweight tilt so great?
Was it the fact that challenger Alexander Gustafsson thwarted off all of Jones' usually effortless takedowns until the fifth round?
What about how "The Mauler" shocked the world and took down the champion in the first round, the first time "Bones" got taken to the mat in his MMA career?
Maybe it's the fact that Gustafsson had Jones bleeding like a faucet after just a few minutes of action in the opening frame?
Could it be the notion that Jones continued to battle through adversity and nearly finished the fight with strikes late in the fourth round?
The answer, folks, is all of the above.
Despite being a 9-to-1 underdog, Gustafsson certainly didn't fight like one, showcasing his precise boxing skills and an elite wrestling game no one knew existed.
Of course, Jones is still one of the greatest UFC champion's in company history, so he certainly had his moments using his Muay Thai kicks and elbows, as well as his signature spinning back elbows, with a great deal of success.
In the end, "Bones' won a hotly contested unanimous decision, a nod supported by Fight Metric, even though many fighters and fans believed a new champ should've been crowned.
Hopefully, the UFC listens to the pleas of the public and rewards us with Jones vs. Gustafsson II no later than early 2014.
John Heinis is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA Editor for eDraft.com.