‘ Bones’ Jones pushed to limit

Hard- charg­ing Swedish chal­lenger Gustafs­son pun­ishes champ

Winnipeg Free Press - SundayXtra - - SPORTS MMA - By Neil David­son

TORONTO — A bloody Jon ( Bones) Jones de­fended his light- heavy­weight ti­tle but was pushed to the limit by a hard- charg­ing Alexan­der ( The Mauler) Gustafs­son be­fore win­ning a mem­o­rable five- round de­ci­sion at UFC 165 on Satur­day night.

The judges scored it 48- 47, 48- 47, 49- 6 for Jones ( 19- 1). It was the cham­pion’s clos­est call.

De­spite the loss, it was a re­mark­able show by the con­fi­dent Swedish chal­lenger, who had the best of the early rounds and then hung on in the fourth and fifth. And it will likely be re­mem­bered as one of the best ti­tle fights in UFC his­tory.

Gustafs­son ( 15- 2) made the cham­pion look hu­man, cut­ting him and tak­ing him down for the first time in his UFC ca­reer. As he promised, the Swede’s hands were faster.

It wasn’t un­til the end of the fourth round that a bloody Jones fi­nally did dam­age, set­ting the stage for a dra­matic fifth.

PHO­TOS BY CHRIS YOUNG / THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Brazil’s Re­nan Barao cel­e­brates beat­ing Amer­i­can Ed­die Wineland to with the in­terim ban­tamweight cham­pi­onship dur­ing UFC 165 in Toronto on Satur­day.

Amer­i­can Miles Jury ( right) flips Canada’s Mike Ricci dur­ing their UFC 165 bout in Toronto Satur­day.

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