The UFC 165 live streaming and televised pay-per-view arrives at 10 p.m. EST on Saturday night as Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustaffson will headline the co-main event. Joining those two will be Interim Bantamweight champion Renan Barão as he defends his title against Eddie Wineland. The UFC 165 live stream and TV pay-per-view will be shown for fans around the world on multiple sources.
A Sept. 20 report via ESPN.com indicated that Jones holds a record, along with former fighter Tito Ortiz, for the most consecutive title defenses involving the UFC light heavyweight belt. Both fighters have recorded five successful title defenses in a row, and Jones can take sole possession of that record tonight. His current record is 18-1, with his only loss coming at the hands of Matt Hamill back on Dec. 5, 2009 during The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale event in Vegas. It's worth mentioning that Jones was his own worst enemy and brought the loss on himself, getting disqualified for his illegal elbow strikes.
Since then, Jones has rattled off nine straight wins against some of the households names of MMA. They've included Rampage Jackson, Mauricio Rua, Lyota Machida, Rashad Evans and most recently, Chael Sonnen. His wins have come in a variety of ways including TKO's, submissions and decisions, leaving fans wondering what's in store for tonight's challenger. Jones told reporters during Friday's weigh-ins, "This sport is about intelligence and how you approach it. And I'm excited to show it."
Opposing Jones is an unenviable task, but doing so tonight will be Alexander Gustaffson. The underdog in this one still holds an impressive 15-1 record in MMA. His only loss came to Phil Davis via an anaconda choke submission back at UFC 112 in April of 2010. Gustaffson has won six straight since that, ultimately defeating "Shogun" Rua during the UFC on Fox event back in December. That earned Gustafsson the No.1 contender for UFC light heavyweight title status.
The two fighters came in at identical weight in Friday's weigh-ins in Canada. While Gustaffson is similar in build to Jones, he's actually an inch taller and believes that may be the key to his success on Saturday night. He boldly told reporters prior to the event, "I'm a striker, about the same size. I'm here to take his belt. I'm going to beat Jon Jones." The LA Times noted that Jones told the Canadian Press, "Height and reach are nothing. It's your spirit, it's your work ethic, it's your level of belief." Many fans and odds makers hold a high "level of belief" that Jones has another win in the bag, as he's been as much as a -900 favorite to win the fight at various sports books.
The main fight is joined by the aforementioned Interim Bantamweight fight, and then three others on the pay-per-view. Brenda Schaub (10-3-0) takes on Matt Mitrione (6-2-0), Costa Philippou (12-2-0) takes on Francis Carmont (21-7-0), and Pat "Bam Bam" Healy (31-15-0) goes up against undefeated Khabib "The Eagle" Nurmagomedov (20-0). Of those bouts, Schaub and Mitrione carry the closest odds, with the two fighters at +100 and -130, respectively, as reported by Vegas Insider.
Saturday's UFC 165 pay-per-view has a start time of 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The main fight card will feature Jon Jones and Alexander Gustaffson. Fans can order this event on multiple cable or satellite providers including DISH Network and Cox Cable in Roanoke. Additionally, fans can also order a UFC 165 live stream feed from UFC.TV, YouTube, Yahoo! Sports and USTREAM services online. The UFC has also indicated they will show the live post-event press conference on their website at approximately 1 a.m. EST.