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The Fightlinker UFC 165 Awards

The Fightlinker UFC 165 Awards

Best Title Fight of the Year: Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson. I dunno if it’s the best light heavyweight fight in the history of the UFC (that’d require a little dusting off of some DVDs to conclude), but it was certainly a great match and a treat to see a gutsy contender like Gustafsson take the fight to Jones. Even as Jones returned fire with endless head kicks and spinning elbows, Alexander refused to back down and continued slug it out. All most people expected was for him to make it a little competitive and instead he almost took the belt off the champ – through talent and grit, not champion tomfoolery.

Best Reason to Still Hate Jon Jones: It’s a tie between all those kicks to the knee (who does that? Assholes, that’s who) and Jon congratulating himself for his warrior spirit over and over again during his post fight interview. Then there’s more obnoxious God talk, although that only annoys me because I’m a Satanist. You can also hate Jones for simply winning. Fuck him for that.

Best Rationalization for Jones Taking It:  If you’re going to be honest about the scorecards on this fight, Gustafsson locked up round 1 while Jones definitely took rounds 4 and 5. Rounds 2 and 3 were close enough that you couldn’t fault the judges for going either way. Because of this you can’t really call it a robbery. You can’t even freak out too much at the judge who gave Jones the 49-46 decision. Gustafsson came out and took the fight to Jones but only really put a stamp on a single round. Next time, I’m sure he won’t make the same mistake.

Best Performance by a Canadian: Mitch Gagnon. We Canadians don’t have a whole lot to celebrate from this card. It’s going to be a long while before people write articles suggesting fighters think twice before agreeing to fight a Canadian in Canada a la the Brazilians. But Mitch Gagnon showed what a fired up Canuck coming back from a long layoff can do. Sure, it was against Some Guy. But it was still entertaining as hell and I ain’t gonna sleep on Gagnon’s next fight.

Worst Performance by a Canadian: Mike Ricci. I’d like to say Francis Carmont because he was so dominant positionally during his fight that he should have been able to do much more than the squat he did. But this award has to go to Mike Ricci for not only having a terrible and boring fight but losing in it as well.


Best Nappy Nap Time Submission: MORE TIES! I’M MAKING A MOCKERY OF THE ‘BEST OF’ FORMAT! But what can I say, there were two sick ass sleeper subs on this card – Mitch Gagnon put Dustin Kimura to sleep and of course Brendan Schaub got his little FU to the BJJ community that disowned him after his Metamoris match by d’arcing Meathead Mitrione.

(gifs via the Zombie Prophet)

 

  • Voice of Reason

    Best Rationalization for Jones Taking It???
    WTF. Gus took 1-3 clearly. Jones was throwing knee kicks but they were blocked! Joe rogan was fucking blind saying Gus taking the kicks to the legs and the head. They were fucking blocked! I thought Jones would win but Gus won 1-3 easy. He picked Jones apart all day. How can you even defend the judge giving Jones 4 rounds???? It’s like people who said machida won because he was ‘controlling’ the fight by running….

  • iamphoenix

    I highly doubt these are real rewards. I’m currently googling these to see if there is any validity to this.

  • Voice of Reason

    Oh really? I totally thought Best Nappy Nap Time Submission was legit!!

    /sarcasm

    PS Gus got robbed.

  • noiseless

    gus won, obviously. but hey, its the UFC. so much bullshit.
    can’t take that shit serious. think i’m gonna check out golf or something. fuck this stupid shit.

  • glassjawsh

    alex definitely won the first but then gassed hard and pretty clearly lost the last 2 rounds. The other two were more or less even. I have it 3-2 Jones but I could see how someone could just as easily thought gustafsson won.

    Anyone freaking out over this decision isn’t objective. Jon Jones is a nozzle, but I’ll never understand how some people’s hatred of him borders on hysterical.

  • kvelertak

    I had Gus winning 1,2, and 4. Even if Jones landed some hard shots in the last 30 seconds of 4, Gus still won the round.

    Good fight though.
    75% of the card was pretty ho-hum.

  • rickards

    For someone who spoke about spending too much time boxing in training camp, it certainly didn’t show at all. No combinations, rarely any punching at all. they were all single kicks, back kicks and spinning elbows. the fight wasn’t even close to being fight-of-the-year. if he’s going to repeat that, I don’t want to see Jones fight again. his fighting style really sucks, but i enjoyed watching Gustafson tee-off on him with his own combinations.

  • Farndiddle

    Best 205 of the year?

    I have no problem with that.

    One of the best 205’s ever?

    I have no problem with that.

    One of the best 205’s that could have been?

    Mild problem.

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