We are going to be doing different types of pieces here on the website on a variety of topics in MMA and pro wrestling. Today we are going to debut a new feature called the good, the bad and the dirty. Every Monday we will be doing this type of piece in MMA. Now we know what the good and bad means, but the dirty can mean really bad or really good. Let’s get started.
1) Renan Barao– Barao made the second defense of his interim UFC bantamweight championship when he defeated Eddie Wineland by KO in the second round with spectacular spinning back kick to the head on Saturday at UFC 165. The Brazilian became the first person to defend an interim UFC title two times. During the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White said that Barao is the closest thing in the UFC to Floyd Mayweather. With the win, Barao extended his winning streak to 21. White stated that Barao would face UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz in early 2014. If Cruz is unable to return in early 2014 from his two ACL surgeries, then Barao would get the interim title tag removed.
2) Khabib Nurmagomedov– Nurmagomedov extended his winning streak to 21 when he defeated Pat Healy by unanimous decision to kick off the main card at UFC 165. He tied Barao for the longest winning streak in MMA. “The Eagle” put on a tremendous performance using his improved striking and took Healy down anytime he wanted too. We really didn’t know how Nurmagomedov would perform considering this was his first time on a pay-per-view main card and facing a veteran of 57 fights in Healy. The Russian stated during his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan that he wanted a title shot next.
3) Douglas Lima– The Bellator welterweight had one of the most vicious knockouts in 2013 when he knocked out Ben Saunders with a vicious head kick at Bellator 100 to win the welterweight tournament. What’s next for Lima is unknown since the current Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren is a free agent at this time.
3) Francis Carmont vs Costa Philippou– This was the second fight on the main card of UFC 165 on Saturday. It wasn’t the most entertaining fight on the card as Carmont kept taking down Philippou, but really wasn’t trying to improve position to win the fight. The crowd was booing loudily as Phillipou had no answer for Carmont’s takedowns. Philippou was visibly frustrated in between rounds, looked like he didn’t want to be there and looked defeated. Dana White agreed with the crowd as he tweeted about the fight.
Sorry I just woke up! Thank god that’s over. We decided a shot of @ChrisWeidmanUFC would be more exciting than the end of the fight.
— Dana White (@danawhite) September 22, 2013
Carmont won the fight by unanimous decision, but didn’t win over any fans and Dana White with the victory.
4) Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson– This is a dirty in a great way. The main event was hyped as “Greatness Within Reach” and the hype sure delivered. Jones was 9-1 favorite heading into the fight and not many people giving Gustafsson any chance to win. We picked Gustafsson to win and were pretty close in our prediction. The fight went back and forth as “The Mauler” established early in the fight that he had the striking advantage as he used his jab and trademark uppercut effectively as he opened up Jones with the uppercut. Gustafsson started stuffing Jones’ takedowns and even took the champion down in the first round.
The challenger was stuffing Jones’ takedowns throughout the fight, which was visibly frustrating the champion. The man from Sweden was controlling the fight on feet moving in and out. Jones’s started to find his groove in the fourth round landing vicious elbows and imposing his will on the challenger. The fifth round started with the crowd on their feet and the fight very close. Both guys were visibly exhausted to start the round and Jones finally was able to land a takedown, but Gustafsson got up a few moments later. Both guys were trading shots even though they were extremely exhausted to end the fight.
The judges scored the fight for Jones (48-47×2,49-46). The crowd was mixed with the decision. A lot of people thought Jones won and a lot of people thought Gustafsson won. BetweenTheRopes.com scored the fight 48-47 for Gustafsson. Both men didn’t attend the press conference as Jones was taken to the hospital in an ambulance and Gustafsson was able to go under his own power.
Dana White was non-committal about a rematch, but from the tone of his voice makes it likely we will see a rematch in the next fight for both guys. This was without a doubt the fight of the year and the greatest fight in the history of the light heavyweight division.