The scorecards are out for Saturday’s hotly contested Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson fight and they’re surprisingly lucid – no judges gave any of the obvious rounds to the wrong fighter and the entire fight ended up being decided on the very close second and third rounds. Check em out:
Richard Bertrand (48-47 Jones): Round 1 – Gustafsson, Round 2 – Jones, Round 3 – Gustafsson, Round 4 – Jones, Round 5 – Jones
Doug Crosby (48-47 Jones): Round 1 – Gustafsson, Round 2 – Gustafsson, Round 3 – Jones, Round 4 – Jones, Round 5 – Jones
Chris Lee (49-46 Jones): Round 1 – Gustafsson, Round 2 – Jones, Round 3 – Jones, Round 4 – Jones, Round 5 – Jones
For those who want more info, there’s also Fightmetric’s statistical breakdown of the match, which goes along with what most people are saying: Gus almost took it but got edged out on rounds. He also takes it via PRIDE judging due to those fourth and fifth rounds, although I guess you could make an argument that Alex did more damage than Jones. Even that is debatable though considering the number of body shots Jones delivered, and while Gustafsson fucked up Jon’s face, you gotta take into account the less visible but more problematic brain damage Alex incurred via the dozen spinning back elbows he ate.
Just an early reminder that Roxanne Modafferi fights this Wednesday on TUF – she’ll be taking on 3 time WIBA World Champion and 2 time former WBC Lightweight boxing champ Jessica Rakoczy. It’s gonna be a tough fight I’m sure, but one thing I’ve learned from watching TUF…
We’ll be running a special Fightlinker Chat session for the episode so drop in and join us as Roxy continues her quest to become *insert gravelly Mike Rowe voice* the next … ULTIMATE FIGHTER!
Poor Brendan Schaub … his sick d’arce choke of Matt Mitrione was deemed unworthy of the UFC’s $50,000 sub of the night award. Instead, that honor went to Mitch Gagnon. And while Gagnon’s choke was pretty sweet, it did not feature its victim’s toes twitching uncontrollably post-consciousness. Creepy.
Still a better reaction than this though…
Okay, I get it. You saw the Jon Jones-Alexander Gustafsson fight at UFC 165 last Saturday, and you heard Joe Rogan and Goldy talking about how Gustafsson might have just taken the belt off the champ. Then, he didn’t, and you were outraged, because things are always supposed to go how you (vicariously through Joe Rogan) saw them. Heck, you might have even remembered last week’s indisputably bad Mayweather-Alvarez scorecard and resulting dick tuck by judge C.J. Ross and opined from your barstool or armchair that something has to change, because this is just getting silly. You probably thought that Gustafsson not being the champ was the greatest injustice since last week.
Well, it turns out that you were wrong, lemming of Rogan… Jones actually did deserve to win. MMAMania copied and pasted the FightMetric results from the fight, and not only does FightMetric have Jones prevailing, the two fighters’ total performance ratings (55-43) and effectiveness scores (355-303) aren’t even that close. The fighters weren’t too far apart in any striking or grappling category except for leg kicks, which Jones dominated 53-15. Because so many of those leg kicks were potentially career-ending kneecap destroyers, those assholish strikes deserve especially favorable consideration while crunching the numbers.
True combat sports fans need to learn to see the difference between good and bad decisions before athletic commissions can be held to higher standards of judging. Your uproar over accurate decisions could be used as evidence to support do-nothing bureaucrats like Keith Kizer in insisting that nothing be done. Please turn your speakers off, remove your head from your ass, and only protest decisions that are really, really bad. Thank you and have a nice week, Dick.
In a charmingly patronizing move not seen since the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese War, the UFC will be attempting to force a Vietnamese authority figure down Chinese throats. UFC President Dana White has cast middleweight Cung Le in the Dana White role for the Ultimate Fighter: China show, which is expected to be filmed in the coming months:
“TUF China is happening,” White said. “(Cung Le) is going to be the ‘me’ in China. He’s there to remind everyone why they’re there and what’s going on. He was in the office two days ago and I walked him through everything with The Ultimate Fighter and he’s ready to go.”
It’s quite charming that the UFC really sees no difference between different varieties of Asian here; the assumption that Chinese fighters would be happy being “motivated” by a Vietnamese person because they are both Asian is not really disguised at all. Will this arrangement be used to justify 100-hour training weeks, crowded dorms, and suicides via gym roof jump? Will the conditioning drills be redesigned to have the fighters produce leather wallets? Hopefully, the obvious diffusion of responsibility at hand here does not reach a dangerous level.