What difference a gutsy performance makes!
The light heavyweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has long been considered to be stale as champion Jon Jones has dominated every single opponent placed in front of him and made it look easy in the process.
However, after UFC 165 where Jones met Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of the evening, the entire perception of the division has changed. Unlike past opponents, Gustafsson took the fight to Jones and beat him up along the way. It forced the champ to dig deep within himself to find a way to retain his title.
The bout has been called an instant "classic" and for good reason. It wasn't a sloppy affair with the fighters throwing haymakers. No, this was a skilled contest which showcased phenomenal technique from both individuals.
As a result of the classic bout and Jones looking human, the light heavyweight division was injected with some new life which are reflected in the Official SBNation UFC/MMA Rankings.
See how they compare to the "official" UFC rankings here.