Jon Jones was a heavy favorite to defeat Alexander Gustafsson on Saturday night. Based on the pure, undisputable domination he consistently displayed over former champions like Lyoto Machida, ‘Shogun’ Rua and Vitor Belfort, it just seemed as though Gustafsson didn’t stand much of a chance. The general consensus was that he’d probably be able to outstrike Jones, but that the defending champ would take him down and g/p him into submission.
Of course, that’s not what ended up happening.
Gustafsson took Jones down first. Gustafsson opened Jones up first. Gustafsson proved every single doubter wrong in the first round. Ultimately, Jones retained his belt, but he got the sort of test that absolutely nobody saw coming.
Check out the full highlights from yesterday’s epic showdown below.