Jon Jones claims to be a religious man. Clearly, spiritual forces are on his side. Alexander Gustafsson was robbed at UFC 165. It’s hard to understand how he lost that fight to Jones.
Gustafsson showed signs of Sugar Ray Leonard with his footwork and Larry Holmes with his jabs. He took some vicious elbows and stayed on his feet. Gustafsson stuffed 10 of of Jones’ 11 takedown attempts and managed to take Jones down himself once — the first guy to ever do so.
He bloodied, battered and pounded the UFC light heavyweight champion for at least four out of the five rounds.
The judges obviously sided with Jones on the close rounds, but that’s not how judges should score a fight. Giving close rounds to the champion simply because he is the champion is not fair. Gustafsson may never be able to put together such a marvelous display of fighting again. Another title shot may never happen. His big moment is gone.
Jones, his lips puffed out like a blowfish, his eyes swollen and face cut, limped away from the Octagon and back to the dressing room Saturday night. He was the winner, but he certainly didn’t beat Gustafsson.
Maybe the judges really wanted to see Jones break Tito Ortiz‘s title defense record now that the UFC Hall of Famer is fighting for Bellator. It’s really tough to see how three judges could have given that fight to Jones. Even UFC announcer Joe Rogan said that Jones may need a finish to keep his title at the start of the fifth round.
Regardless of the decision, Gustafsson can hold his head high as a champion. Jones, on the other hand, clearly is not an invincible fighter. Vitor Belfort almost tapped him out. Gustafsson probably should have won the decision Saturday night. Someone will catch up with Jones, probably sooner rather than later.