If you look at the record books, from now until the end of time, it will read that Jon Jones retained his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight title by defeating Alexander Gustafsson by unanimous decision on judges scores of 48-47, 48-47, and 49-46 at the UFC 165: "Jones vs. Gustafsson" pay-per-view (PPV) event at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada, on Sat., Sept. 21, 2013.
But, there are many who believe that not only should Gustastafsson had been declared the winner, but that the 49-46 card is absolutely bullshit (see it here).
That's because it certainly seemed that Gustafsson was doing everything he needed to do to win the fight in the first, third and fifth rounds (watch full video highlights here). But, how can we tell with the metrics we have on hand? Well, Fight Metric is about as good as it's going to get, so let's take a look at what the statistics say.
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First, the striking report:
Next the grappling report:
Finally, the performance rating:
So the numbers don't lie. The judges scored the fight for the deserving winner, though it was an extremely close affair. Obviously these numbers don't take into account the damage, but they do tell the story of the bout.
Will this help you accept Jon Jones' victory? Or do you still feel that Alexander Gustafsson was robbed of his rightful victory? Tell us what you think in the comments, Maniacs!