UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones retained his title on Saturday night at UFC 165, after an epic battle with challenger Alexander Gustafsson. The Swede gave the champ everything he could handle, but the judges scored the bout in favor of Jones after the fifth and final round.
It was a bout that earned Fight of the Night honors and left many claiming that it should be the favorite for Fight of the Year, but we almost were robbed of the finish thanks to a cut over Jones’ right eye.
According to UFC president Dana White, doctors were close to calling an end to the fight because of the cut and blood running in to Jones’ eye, but the champion pleaded with doctors to let him continue.
“I don’t know if you heard, but the doctors were going to stop the fight in the last round because of the cut,” White said following the fight. “And Jones begged him not to stop the fight. And from what I understand McCarthy did too – pleaded with them not to stop the fight.”
If the doctors would have stepped in, Jones would have lost his belt.
Instead, he was able to finish off a great comeback win and write another chapter for his legacy. We can all be thankful that the fight was not called early.