COMMENTARY | MMA fans won't forget about UFC 165 anytime soon thanks to brilliant finishes by Brendan Schaub and Renan Barao, and Alexander Gustafsson's gutsy attempt to dethrone light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
Here are the results of the UFC 165 fight card held on Sept. 21, at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada:
Jon Jones def. Alexander Gustafsson (light-heavyweight title match)
Gustafson gave Jones his toughest test to date at UFC 165, completely nullifying the champ's wrestling skills. He even broke Jones' perfect takedown defense record, putting Jones on his back a couple of times during the early rounds.
However, Jones displayed the heart of a champion, and he gathered himself after a dismal first round. The fight remained extremely close until late in the fourth round, when Jones eventually found his groove, hurting Alexander a few times during the final two rounds.
The judges scored the fight 48-47, 48-47, and 49-46 (not sure I agree with that scorecard), all in favor of Jones who retains the 205-pound division's strap and sets a new UFC record for the most consecutive and successful defenses of the light-heavyweight title at six.
Renan Barão def. Eddie Wineland (interim bantamweight title match)
Wineland got off to a good start at UFC 165, landing his share of crisp shots during the opening round. Unfortunately for him, Barão turned things around early in the second round, softening Wineland up with a kick to the body, dropping the challenger with a beautiful spinning back kick to the face. Renan finished him off with some rabid punches on the ground, forcing referee Yves Lavigne to stop the contest 35 seconds into the second round.
That's two consecutive title defenses for Barão.
Brendan Schaub def. Matt Mitrione
After a brief feeling out period and a few shrugged off takedown attempts, Schaub put Mitrione on his back with a double leg takedown, and he went right to work. He quickly secured a D'Arce choke and Mitrione went out cold moments later, bringing their UFC 165 contest to an end at 4:06 of Round 1.
Francis Carmont def. Costas Philippou
Philippou was on a five-fight win streak coming into UFC 165, but he didn't have any answers for Carmont. Francis made Philippou's normally solid takedown defense look rudimentary, taking him down at will, keeping him there with ease.
All three judges scored the fight 30-27, 30-26, and 30-27, all in favor of Carmont, giving the Canadian his sixth consecutive win inside the Octagon.
Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Pat Healy
Nurmagomedov made it clear he's a force to be reckoned with at UFC 165, putting on an imposing performance against Healy. Khabib held his own striking wise, landing his share of hard shots, and he proved to be the better grappler.
All three judges scored the fight 30-27 in favor of Nurmagomedov who improves his pro MMA record to 21-0-0.
During his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, "The Eagle" asked for a title shot. Not sure he's ready for that yet, but he's certainly earned the right to challenge one of the top five guys in the division.
Ivan Menjivar def. Wilson Reis (unanimous decision)
Stephen Thompson def. Chris Clements (KO, Round 2)
John Makdessi def. Renee Forte (KO, Round 1)
Michel Prazeres def. Jesse Ronson (split decision)
Alex Caceres def. Roland Delorme (split decision)
Daniel Omielanczuk def. Nandor Guelmino (KO, Round 3)
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