UFC president Dana White discussed this past Saturday’s UFC 165 main event between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson for the UFC light heavyweight title in detail during the FOX Sports 2 post-fight show.
White, who stated that he quit keeping score because of all the action and energy inside the Air Canada Centre, also made it known that we almost didn’t get a fifth round in the bout that could go down as “Fight of the Year.”
Jones pulled out the decision victory, claiming all three scorecards from the ringside judges.
“Jones had a huge cut on his face. The doctors were going to stop the fight before the fifth round, but Jon and (referee John) McCarthy both begged them to not stop the fight,” White said.
White said he believes Jones will gain more respect for his performance, adding, “He’s got an incredible chin and he has unorthodox striking. I know Gustafsson’s hurting right now, but his stock is way up right now too.”
As for an immediate rematch, he didn’t want to say for sure, but it sounds like the UFC is headed in that direction.
“I think they could fight again,” White said. “I think Glover (Teixeira) would get another fight. I told Alex after that he lost nothing in this fight.”
Overall, White said “it was awesome. Not only did I not expect the fight to go five rounds, I didn’t think Alex would stop Jones from taking him down.
“In fact, it was the opposite. Gustafsson actually took him down.”