Toronto, Ontario, Canada was the stage for the fight that is surely the front runner for fight of the year. Jon Jones squared off against Alexander Gustafsson in a fight that was promised to make our heads explode. That wasn't the only fight on the card though, so let's get into this.
The first fight on the card was a lightweight showdown between Pat Healy and Khabib Nurmagomedov, a fight that most likely had title implications. After a strong first round by Nurmy, he seemed to slowed down in what was a back and forth 2nd round only to come back strong in the 3rd, sealing a unanimous decision. Pat Healy is a great fighter, dare I say a lightweight elite, I would like to see a fight between him and Joe Lauzon. Nurmy looked great and deserves a fight that would lead to a title fight. I say the Ben Askren wannabe fights Rafael dos Anjos with the winner getting a title shot.
The next fight between Costa Philippou and Francis Carmont left much to be desired as Carmont put forth a GSP-like performance and took Philippou down and kept him down to earn a very lop-sided decision. Costa really did Philipoop on himself, he had absolutely nothing for Carmont; he has a lot of building back up to do. I say he fights Chris Camozzi or the nightmare match up that is Yushin Okami. I'm not sure where to put Carmont. He beat Philippou, who I was never really sold on, lost but was given the decision against Tom Lawlor, and won controversial decision against Larkin. Let's see him fight Cezar Ferreira or Thales Leites, then I might have clearer opinion on him.
The Heavyweights were up with Brendan Schaub fighting everyone's favorite meathead Matt Mitrione. Schaub used crisp powerful combinations to batter Meathead on his feet before taking the fight to ground and submitting him with the D'arce choke, a first for the UFC heavyweight division. Mitrione moves to 1-3 in his past 4 fights, not a good position to be in, fights against Brandon Vera(if he's still with the UFC) or Nikita Krylov are fights that would get him back on track. Like him or not Schaub's got talent and he's getting better, a fight with Todd Duffee or Stipe Miocic would be nice scraps.
The co-main was the interim bantamweight title fight between Renan Barao and Eddie Wineland. Round 1 was very competitive, Wineland used his boxing to give as much as he took. Round two came around and was more of the same, until Barao threw his "spinning stuff", and finished Wineland with a spinning back kick to the head. Wineland, who looked very impressive, should look to rebound against Iuri Alcantara, in what should be an interesting fight. As for Barao, the next fight absolutely should be against Dominick Cruz, we need to get rid of the "interim title" nonsense as soon as possible.
The final fight of the night was Jon Jones against Gustafusson for the title. The best way I can describe it is that my friend and I started off the fight sitting nonchalantly on the couch, and by the end of the fight we were standing about a foot from the TV, losing our freaking minds. Jones showed his championship heart while surviving some hellacious shots and coming back with his own, and Gustafusson showed that he is deserving of nickname "The Mauler". For all you wondering, I had Gustafusson winning the fight, but I am perfectly fine with 48-47 for Jones, but the judge who scored 49-46 needs to taken behind the barn and "put down" CJ Ross style. I'm not going to let that put a damper on what was an incredible fight, what has to be the front runner for fight of the year. Be sure to comment and tell me how wrong I am.