Dana White: Jon Jones Pleaded With Doctor To Not Stop the Fight
Reflecting on the main event of UFC 165 between Jon Jones (pictured) and Alexander Gustafsson, UFC President Dana White told reporters that Jones had to beg the ring-doctor to allow the fight to continue. Having convinced the doctor, Jones would go on to win the final round of the fight and retain his light heavyweight belt.
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, won two battles in the Octagon this past Saturday night. Not only did he defeat Alexander Gustafsson in what stands a good chance of being named Fight of the Year, but he also had to win over the doctor going into the final round.
The cut Gustafsson was able to open above Jones’ right eye in the first round only worsened throughout the fight, and by the end of the fourth round, the cageside doctor had pretty much seen enough to call the fight. That’s when, according to Dana White, Jon Jones had to beg the doctor to not end the fight.
“They took Jon out of the Octagon and took him straight to the hospital,” White told FOX Sports. “He was in an absolute war; he’s got a massive cut. I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the doctors were going to stop the fight in the last round because of the cut. Jones begged him not to stop the fight. And from what I understand [referee John] McCarthy did too [they] pleaded with them not to stop the fight.”
Fortunately for Jones, he was able to win that battle with the doctor, which allowed him to win the final round of the fight and ultimately retain his light heavyweight belt.
Both fighters earned Fight of the Night honors, taking home an additional $50,000 for their incredible fight. Many are already clamoring for a rematch, and considering how close and exciting a fight we saw Saturday, that idea is not too far-fetched. Of course, all of that must wait for Jones to heal from what was easily his most difficult fight to date.