The light-heavyweight title fight serves as the night’s main event and goes down live from Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.
Starting at 7:00 p.m. PT / 10:00 p.m. ET, the night’s main card kicks off with a lightweight bout between Pat Healy and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
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– Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Pat Healy by way of unanimous decision. (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
– Francis Carmont defeated Costa Philippou by way of unanimous decision. (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
– Brendan Schaub defeated Matt Mitrione by way of submission (D’Arce Choke) 4:06 of Round 1
– Renan Barao defeated Eddie Wineland by way of KO (Kick and Punches) 0:35 of Round 2
– Jon Jones defeated Alexander Gustafsson by way of unanimous decision. (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)
PAT HEALY (29-16 MMA, 0-1 UFC) VS. KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV (20-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC)
Round 1 – With a touch of the gloves, UFC 165 is underway! Healy opens up with a lunging combo that misses. Healy lands a glancing body shot. Nurmagomedov is very cautious. Healy eats a hard shot to the gut. Nurmagomedov steps in with an uppercut and connects. Healy absorbs a body shot and a leg kick. Nurmagomedov tries for a flying knee but it doesn’t hit its target. Healy is cut on his left cheek. Healy nails a body shot but Nurmagomedov answers with a counter punch of his own. The referee pauses the fight because Nurmagomedov’s mouthpiece fell out. We’re back in action. A right hand connects to the body for Healy. Nurmagomedov lands another nice uppercut, then a hook. Healy constantly pressing forward. Nurmagomedov goes again with a flying knee and it hits Healy’s chest. Nurmagomedov lands a takedown. Healy gets back up, but Nurmagomedov brings him right back down. Nurmagomedov connects with two solid punches at the horn. Nurmagomedov 10-9
Round 2 – Nurmagomedov hits a right seconds into the round, only to get popped by Healy. Nurmagomedov aims to get a takedown and succeeds, but Healy is right back to his feet. They’re back standing in the middle of the octagon. Nurmagomedov has backed off and his hands are down. Healy takes a left hook and a high kick but keeps pressing forward. Healy connects with a right hook. Nurmagomedov leaps in for another flying knee but it wasn’t even close to Healy. Healy has Nurmagomedov pressed against the cage only to have his back against the cage and eventually taken down… Nurmagomedov is on top. Healy, once again, gets right back up. Nurmagomedov finally lands a nice shot to the body, but Healy walks right through it and throws strikes of his own. Nurmagomedov is really trying to land a single leg takedown but Healy defends it. They battle back and forth in the middle of the cage for a few until Nurmagomedov lands a double leg takedown. The round ends with Nurmagomedov on top, winging punches. 10-9 Nurmagomedov.
Round 3 – Nurmagomedov shoots for a takedown right away but Healy defends. Healy hits a nice knee to the body as he pushes him away. Healy ducks under a right and nails a shot to Nurmagomedov’s body. Healy, once again, is on his back after a takedown. Nurmagomedov transitions to half guard and is looking to isolate Healy’s left arm for an arm triangle. Healy starts to scoot his way back up the cage. Nurmagomedov picks up Healy, walks all the way over to the other side of the cage and slams him down (Hughes/Trigg style). Nurmagomedov is in Healy’s open guard, picking his shots and staying active. We’ve one minute and forty seconds left. Nurmagomedov is starting to smash Healy and the crowd is coming to life. Nurmagomedov is postured very high and Healy tries to roll out of the disadvantageous position to no avail. Nurmagomedov transitions to half guard and then side control.
Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Pat Healy by way of unanimous decision. (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
FRANCIS CARMONT (21-7 MMA, 5-0 UFC) VS. CONSTANTINOS PHILIPPOU (12-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC)
Round 1 – Carmont is opening up with various leg and high kicks. He’s putting “umph” into these kicks early. Carmont takes Philippou down forty seconds into the bout. Philippou was never in any danger as he easily went all the way over to the cage to try and wall walk up. Carmont is working to get Philippou’s back; he has one hook it. Carmont is landing some nice lefts as Philippou is covering up, protecting his back. Carmont hooked his chin but Philippou rolls out of it and Carmont is now on top. Carmont transitions around and tries to work his way into various holds, but never locks anything in. Philippou almost locks in a couple armlocks but nothing comes of it. Horn sounds. 10-9 Carmont.
Round 2 – Carmont is throwing repeated jabs, trying to keep Philippou at bay. Philippou goes for a punch but Carmont ducks under and takes him down. Carmont isn’t working for much this time around and Philippou is trying to wall walk up. The issue with that is that whenever Philippou is about to get to his feet, Carmont kicks into gear and attacks him and works for transitions. About forty-five seconds pass before the referee stands them up and resets the action. Philippou ends up on his back soon after, again. Carmont is throwing big punches this time, likely to make it look like he’s staying active. Carmont stands over Philippou, wings some punches and ends up in full mount. Philippou easily gets him back to half guard. End of the round. 10-9 Carmont.
Round 3 – Carmont throws a spinning heel kick just to keep Philippou a few feet back. Philippou is looking to pick up the action with leg kicks and hooks, but he’s taken down with four minutes left in the fight. Carmont is preventing Big John from standing it up by throwing punches every couple of seconds. Philippou locks Carmont’s head in a guillotine position, but he’s in half guard so it won’t lead to much. Carmont is screaming with every punch. Carmont has over ten minutes of top control. Horn sounds. 10-9 Carmont.
Francis Carmont defeated Costa Philippou by way of unanimous decision. (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
MATT MITRIONE (6-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) VS. BRENDAN SCHAUB (9-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC)
Round 1 – Mitrione refused to touch gloves. Schaub grazes Mitrione with a right hand. Schaub then caught him with a left and left himself wide open for a counter which Mitrione just missed. Schaub nails Mitrione with a big right hand. Despite the attacks from Schaub, Mitrione keeps pressing forward. Schaub shoots for a takedown but fails. Mitrione is cut over his left eye. Mitrione connects with a body kick. Mitrione is controlling where the fight is going and just as I type that, Schaub charges with a series of punches and the sequence ends with a takedown from Schaub. Schaub worked his way into a D’Arce Choke and locked it in tight. Mitrione gave the thumbs up as if he was okay and proceeded to pass out. Game over.
Brendan Schaub defeated Matt Mitrione by way of submission (D’Arce Choke) 4:06 of Round 1
INTERIM CHAMP RENAN BARAO (30-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) VS. EDDIE WINELAND (20-8-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC)
Round 1 – No tough of gloves and we are underway. Barao connects with a leg kick. Wineland lunges for a left hook but Barao counters with one of his own; neither connect solidly. Barao’s back is against the fence and Wineland’s hands are grasped around him. The referee breaks them up before Wineland can work a takedown. Barao almost connects with a high kick but it’s caught and pushed aside. They throw leg kicks at the same time and collide. Wineland got out of the way of a spinning high kick. Barao connects with another solid leg kick. Barao ducks under a Wineland punch and missed a hook counter. Barao landed a right hand to the head of Wineland. Barao seemed to have found his distance and is connecting with hooks. Horn sounds. 10-9 Barao.
Round 2 – Wineland comes out quickly and is looking to bounce back from last round. Wineland lands a solid punch to the body of Barao. Wineland proceeds to EAT a spinning back high kick and he falls on his bum. Barao jumps on him and punches his way to victory.
Renan Barao defeated Eddie Wineland by way of KO (Kick and Punches) 0:35 of Round 2
CHAMP JON JONES (18-1 MMA, 12-1 UFC) VS. ALEXANDER GUSTAFSSON (15-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC)
Round 1 – Gustafsson quickly throws an inside leg kick and connects. Jones answers with an elliptical kick. Jones looks for a clinch but couldn’t grasp him. Jones connects with a second spinning back kick to the body. Jones throws a superman punch and a body shot and they graze Gustafsson. Gustafsson connects with a leg kick of his own. Jones hits a body kick. Gustafsson is changing levels which is making Jones hesitate. They throw right hands at the same time and both graze each other. Gustafsson connects with a left punch and Jones is cut over the right eye. Gustafsson is again pushing forward, changing up his attack. Jones once again reverts to the spinning back kick, this one sends Gustafsson bouncing off the fence but he’s quick to return to form. Gustafsson is connecting with shots over the top. Gustafsson throws a superman punch of his own but Jones stops it dead with an elliptical kick. Gustafsson takes down Jones! It’s the first time Jones has been taken down in the UFC. Jones is back up quick, but now we know he can be taken down. Gustafsson gets poked in the eye and the fight pauses. Once the fight resumes, Jones connects with a spinning elbow and Gustafsson answers with a elbow of his own. Close round. I’d give that to Gustafsson. 10-9 Gustafsson.
Round 2 – Jones is playing it careful now, keeping his distance. He is keeping Gustafsson at bay with leg kicks. Gustafsson avoids Jones’ takedown attempts twice. Jones fails a third takedown attempt and Gustafsson pops him in the chin with a straight. Jones tries to block a strike, but misses and Gustafsson lands with an overhand left. Jones finally gets a big connection as he lands a head kick. Jones connects with a head kick but it’s caught as he pulls it away and Jones rolls through, wraps his hands around Gustafsson’s body and attempts a takedown. Gustafsson escapes once again. Jones goes high again and connects with his third headkick of the round. Gustafsson still pushes forward and lands an uppercut. Horn sounds. Another VERY close round. Jones 10-9
Round 3 – Jones lands a leg kick with the sound of a thud… those hurt. Gustafsson answers right away with a combination of his own. Gustafsson stuffs another takedown. Jones connects once again with a high kick. A flurry is exchanged. Jones hits a straight body kick. Jones eats a right hand and quickly responds with a body kick. Jones lands a hard kick to the body and a straight punch. Gustafsson is eating some body shots and he takes a big deep breath. Gustafsson goes for a takedown, but abandons the plan right away. Jones lands a spinning elbow, but Gustafsson keeps a hold on him and tries for a takedown. Jones stuffs it. Another close round. 10-9 Gustafsson.
Round 4 – Jones lands a nice left hook. Gustafsson ducks under a shot an hits a glancing right hook. Jones lands another nice right hand to the chin of Gustafsson. Gustafsson eats a couple left jabs. Gustafsson throws a left to the body and a right to the top, a combination he’s landed throughout the fight. Jones misses a left and Gustafsson counters with a tough one of his own, and then an uppercut. Jones has the clinch and is looking for a takedown. Gustafsson separates once again. Gustafsson’s boxing is helping him out as he lands a jab and a hook. Jones shoots for a takedown out of frustration and fails. Jones connects with a left. Jones goes for another spinning shot but and wobbles Gustafsson. Jones chases him down and connects with a vicious knee and a few punches. Gustafsson is busted open and is waiting for the horn. Round over! 10-9 Jones.
Round 5 – A sign of respect as they touch gloves at the open of Round 5. Gustafsson lands the first big shot of the round with a right straight, but Jones keeps his composure. Jones goes for the inside leg kick and lands it. Gustafsson is in a dirty boxing clinch and hits a couple uppercuts. Jones nails Gustafsson with a short elbow. Jones stuffs a Gustafsson takedown attempt. Jones finally lands a takedown. Gustafsson gets back to his feet seconds after, though. Midway point of the final round. Jones his a big head kick but Gustafsson just eats it. Gustafsson has his hands on his hips… he’s barely keeping it together. Gustafsson throws a spinning elbow of his own, but misses! Gustafsson is running away after every one of Jones’ takedown attempts but he’s still connecting with shots. Jones hits another headkick and we are down to the final minute. Gustafsson absorbs multiple head kicks at the close of the round. Jones connects with a flying knee with seconds left and Gustafsson is still standing! Horn sounds and we have an instant classic on our hands. 10-9 Jones
Jon Jones defeated Alexander Gustafsson by way of unanimous decision. (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)