Each December I count down the top 25 fights in UFC history. With each day of December, I will be revealing the newest fight on the list, with the #1 fight being revealed on Christmas morning. With approximately 550-600 new UFC fights each year, the list will look different than the year before. The criteria for ranking these fights are the amount of action, competitiveness, and significance of the fight (main events/title fights tend to get some extra credit).
So let’s get to
List so far
* The list was completed before Camacho/Brown, Medeiros / Oliveira, and Alvarez / Gaethje occurred, all would have been considered for the list
- #25 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs Randy Couture
- #24 Cheick Kongo vs Pat Barry
- #23 Chris Leben vs Yoshihiro Akiyama
- #22 Frank Shamrock vs Tito Ortiz
- #21 Andrei Arlovski vs Travis Browne
- #20 Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard 2 & 3
- #19 Georges St. Pierre vs Johny Hendricks
- #18 Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva
- #17 Diego Sanchez vs Karo Parisyan
- #16 Karo Parisyan vs Nick Diaz
- #15 Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler 1 & 2
- #14 Diego Sanchez vs Nick Diaz
- #13 Justin Gaethje vs Michael Johnson
- #12 Matt Hughes vs Frank Trigg 2
- #11 Mark Hunt vs Antonio Silva 1
- #10 Jose Aldo Jr vs Chad Mendes 2
- #9 Diego Sanchez vs Clay Guida
- #8 Randy Couture vs Pedro Rizzo 1
#7. Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson
September 23rd, 2013
Main Event of UFC 165
Air Canada Center, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Jon Jones headed into the fight as the undisputed UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and the consensus pound for pound king. Jones entered the fight 19-1 (only lose came by disqualification). He had successfully defended his belt 5 straight times. Alexander Gustafsson entered the fight winning 6 straight fights in the UFC.
The fight starts with Jones landing a spinning back kick to the body. Jones misses a double leg takedown defense, but lands another spinning back kick to the body. Jones lands three straight front leg sidekicks to Gustafsson’s front knee. Jones lands a kick to the body, and Gustafsson lands two hard leg kicks. Jones lands a superman punch and Gustafsson counters with an uppercut. Both fighters exchange hard leg kicks. Gustafsson lands a left hook, and Jones lands a kick to the body. Gustafsson lands a right hand and a left hook that cuts Jones. Gustafsson lands a kick to the body, and Jones responds with a spinning back kick to the body. Gustafsson lands a 1-2 combination and follows up with an overhand right. Jones lands two hard leg kicks, and a third spinning back kick to the body. Gustafsson surprises everyone and takes Jones down with a double leg takedown. Jones gets up and accidentally pokes Gustafsson in the eye. After a break in the action, they continue and Jones lands a spinning back elbow. Jones lands a body kick, and a left elbow as the round ends. Very close round. I give it to Gustafsson 10-9
2nd round begins with Jones landing an inside leg kick that buckles Gustafsson’s leg. Jones attempts to kick again and Gustafsson catches the kick and trips Jones, who gets back up immediately. Jones shoots in for a double leg takedown but misses. He clinches and misses a trip. Both fighters land left hooks. Jones lands a body kick and a switch kick to the head. Gustafsson lands a left hook and a hard leg kick. Gustafsson catches another kick from Jones, who somersaults out and shoots in for a double leg takedown but can’t get Gustafsson down. Jones lands a push kick to Gustafsson’s knee. Gustafsson lands a right hand but Jones counters with two hard leg kicks. Jones lands a high kick and Gustafsson lands a nice uppercut as the round end. Another close round but I score it, 10-9 Jones.
Third round starts and Gustafsson lands a right hand and an uppercut. He follows up with another straight right hand. Jones lands a spinning back kick to the body. Gustafsson lands a jab to the body and then the head. He also lands a right hand. Jones lands a high kick and Gustafsson counters with an uppercut. The two fighters exchange body kicks. Gustafsson lands a hard leg kick. He follows it up with an uppercut and two right hands. Jones lands a high kick and a left hook. Jones lands a push kick to the knee and two jabs. Jones lands a combination of a body kick and left hand. He follows up with push kicks to the body and the knee. Gustafsson lands a stiff jab. Jones stuffs a takedown attempt. Gustafsson lands a stiff jab and then follows it up with a right hand and a body kick. Gustafsson lands a jab, but Jones counters with a spinning back elbow. Gustafsson lands a left hook, and Jones lands a stiff jab as the round ends. Another close round. I score it 10-9 for Gustafsson.
The fourth round begins and Jones lands a left hook. Gustafsson lands a hard leg kick. Jones lands a body kick and follows up with a right hand. Jones lands a short elbow, but Gustafsson counters with a right hand. Both fighters exchange double jabs. Jones lands a push kick to the body and follows up with two hard leg kicks. Gustafsson lands a left hook. He then follows up with a 4 strike combination. Jones misses a takedown and both fighters exchange jabs. Gustafsson lands an overhand right. Jones lands a high kick and then a left hook. Jones lands a crushing spinning back elbow that hurts Gustafsson bad. Jones follows up with a knee to the head. He clinches and lands a knee and 4 left elbows. He busts Gustafsson open. Jones lands a flying knee as the round ends. Jones wins the round 10-9.
The final round begins with Gustafsson lands a left hook. He follows it up with a right hand and a left hook. Jones lands a body kick and a hard inside kick. They clinch and Gustafsson lands two uppercuts. Jones lands a superman punch and follows up with a hard step elbow. Jones stuffs a takedown from Gustafsson and lands a 1-2 combination. Jones finally takes Gustafsson down with a double leg takedown. Gustafsson gets up quickly. Jones lands a left hand and then back to back switch kicks to the head. Jones follows it up with two high kicks. Gustafsson jabs and Jones lands another high kick. Gustafsson lands an uppercut, and Jones lands a head kick and an elbow. Jones finishes the round by landing a flying knee. I score the round 10-9 for Jones. I scored the fight 48-47 for Jones.
Results and Notes:
Jones wins by unanimous decision. The win would give him the record for most successful title defenses. Jones would win three more fights after this fight. However, he has stunted his career with criminal charges, drug use, and a USADA violation.
Gustafsson would get another shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight title but would lose to Daniel Cormier in a close contest.