The UFC doesn’t often put on 2 title fights but when they do, it’s often a really fun time. Jon Jones the Light Heavyweight champion and Renan Barao the interim Bantamweight champ both put their belts on the line. Jon Jones (18-1) will be defending his LWH belt for the 6th time against Alexander Gustafsson (15-1). The fight is billed as guys, who physicality wise are near matches, only separated by the color of their skin. The reality is Gustafsson is a poor man’s Jon Jones, still should be a good fight!
Renan Barao (30-1-1NC) is putting his interim belt on the line for the 2nd time defending it against Eddie Wineland (20-8-1). Wineland after losing twice in a row in 2011, came back in 2012 with wins over Scott Jorgensen (KO) and Brad Pickett (Split Decision). This should be another fight where the champ should keep his belt easily but the fight will be entraining. Look for after the fight for the UFC to announce if Barao will fight Dominick Cruz in early 2014 or if they will outright give him the “real” belt.
Next Middleweight contender??
Costa Philippou (12-2-1NC) and Francis Carmont (21-7) both these guys are on BIG rolls in the Middle weight division, both winners of 5 straight in the UFC. While neither have beaten monster names, Philippou does hold a TKO over Tim Boestsch. The winner of this fight will no doubt get a top 10 fight and if Philippou wins he could get a top 5 fighter.
Fighting to be in the Lightweight top 10
The best division in the UFC is far and away the Lightweight’s, with Anthony Pettis now the belt holder it opens up a world of possibilities. Pat Healy (29-16-1NC) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (20-0) are fringe top 10 fighters, in my mind Healy is #10 and Nurmagomedov is #14 the winner of this fight will cement himself in the top 10 and inch himself closer to a title shot.
The Full UFC 165 is as below
Main Card (PPV)
Light Heavyweight championship – (C) Jon Jones (18-1) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (15-1)
Bantamweight Interim championship – (IC) Renan Baro (30-1-1NC) vs. Eddie Wineland (20-8-1)
Heavyweight – Brendan Schaub (9-3) vs. Matt Mitrione (6-2)
Middleweight – Costa Philippou (12-2-1NC) vs. Francis Carmont (21-7)
Lightweight – Pat Healy (29-16-1NC) vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov (20-0)
Prelim (Fox Sports 1)
Lightweight – Mike Ricci (8-3) vs. Myles Jury (12-0)
Bantamweight – Ivan Menjivar (25-10) vs. Wilson Reis (16-4)
Welterweight – Chris Clements (11-4-1NC) vs. Stephen Thompson (7-1)
Bantamweight – Mitch Gagnon (9-2) vs. Dustin Kimura (10-0)
Lightweight – John Makdessi (11-2) vs. Renee Forte (8-2)
Lightweight – Jesse Ronson (13-2) vs. Michel Prazeres (16-1)
Bantamweight – Roland Delorme (9-1) vs. Alex Caceres (8-5-1NC)
Heavyweight – Nandor Guelmino (11-4-1) vs. Daniel Omielanczuk (15-3-1-1NC)
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