To whet the appetite of fight fans, UFC President Dana White
released his newest vlog installment with a behind-the-scenes look
at UFC 165.
Did everyone forget possibly the greatest title fight in UFC
history?! It feels like a million years ago because this past
weekend’s UFC 166 was arguably the best pay-per-view of
all-time, but September’s struggles in Toronto, Canada were a
wild night of fights as well. The main event had the UFC
light-heavyweight belt on the line between champ Jon Jones and
challenger Alexander Gustafsson. And, it was epic!
Most of this video is spent with the ever explicit White lauding
praise on Gustafsson who lost the main event via unanimous
decision. It’s tough to read on the scorecards, but
“The Mauler” took it to Jones in a way never before
seen nor really imagined. The Swedish striker took Jones down –
never before done – and bloodied up the face of the champ to the
point that the cageside doctor almost stopped the fight heading
into the final round. In language not appropriate to type out,
White told “The Mauler” and his coaches how they should
hold their head high as the performance in this loss should raise
Gustafsson’s proverbial stock.
Also, not to be forgotten, in the co-main event UFC
interim-bantamweight champ Renan Barao defeated Eddie Wineland by
TKO in the second round. Never known as a sore loser, Wineland
congratulated Barao on the win and politely waited until he was out
of the Octagon and with his coaches to air his grievances about an
early stoppage. “That referee knows me better than
that,” says Wineland and then adds, “He knows I’m
tougher than s***.” Wineland admits the spinning back kick
floored him and dazed him, but it didn’t knock him out nor
did the couple follow-up punches.
The beginning of the clip shows John Makdessi telling his
sullen, defeated opponent Renee Forte how much he respects him. And
a surprising celebratory moment between Matt Mitrione and Brendan
Schaub who had some heated words prior to their bout, but Mitrione
gladly congratulated his former The Ultimate Fighter 10 castmate
Schaub in his submission victory.