On Saturday night, UFC president Dana White removed his boss hat in favor of his fanboy cap. White was so mesmerized with what he was witnessing between UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones (pictured) and Alexander Gustafsson that he couldn’t say who he thought had won their barnburner because he wasn’t able to score the fight.
However, after leaving Toronto aboard his private jet destined for Los Angeles, White watched the scrap again and determined Jones’ controversial unanimous decision victory wasn’t controversial at all.
“I gave it to Jones. Yeah, I had Jones winning the fight,” White stated Monday after catching a replay of UFC 165‘s featured attraction. “I gave Jones the – the second round was tough, I can’t remember [who I gave that round to] – he definitely won the last two rounds.
“I’m having a rough day today. I’m trying to remember what rounds I gave [Jones], but I had him winning the fight. I had him winning the fight, no doubt about it. No controversy whatsoever.”
Despite having all three judges award Jones the victory, which made him the most decorated light heavyweight champion in UFC history with six straight title defenses, most fans inside Air Canada Centre pelted “Bones” with boos after the verdict was rendered because they believed Gustafsson was robbed.
With a thrilling back-and-forth battle like that, where Jones was taken into deep waters for the first time in his young yet illustrious career, fans and White alike were talking instant rematch right after the 25-minute fight concluded. “Who doesn’t want to see that rematch?” White asked to kick-off UFC 165’s post-fight press conference.
Although, upon further examination, White now may not want to see it. At least not immediately, anyway.
“It does and it doesn’t [make sense], in the fact that they are both young guys,” White said of the logic behind arranging an instant sequel. “Jones won the fight, the judges made the right decision. It was a great fight, close fight. It was a war, but the champion won.
“So, maybe Glover [Teixeira] fights [Jones] next. We don’t know, but I’m getting together with [UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta] on Wednesday and we’re gonna talk about it and see what we want to do.”
Did you hear that ruckus? That was Teixeira doing optimistic Yes! cartwheels.