Jon Jones was forced to overcome his toughest ever test in the Octagon to retain his UFC light heavyweight title with an unanimous decision over Alexander Gustafsson in the main event at UFC 165 on Saturday night in Toronto.
After such a bruising war, both Jones and Gustafsson were taken to the hospital and weren’t part of the post-fight press conference.
“So you wanna know how good of a fight that was, neither the champion or challenger will be here,” UFC president Dana White said at the post-fight press conference. “Jones is already at the hospital and we’re taking Gustafsson there now.
“You could tell in the final round they were fighting on pure heart. I believe this is one of those fights where both of the fighters believed they were going to die.”
Team Jones told Ariel Helwani of Fox Sports that Jones injured his left foot badly early on in the fight.
The fight was awarded the Fight of the Night honors with both fighters awarded $50,000 bonuses.
White said that, while he would like to see a rematch, it’s too soon to make a determination just yet.
(Follow @AndrewMMA_ on Twitter)