‘ Bones’ Jones pushed to limit
Hard- charging Swedish challenger Gustafsson punishes champ
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.
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.