Veteran combined martial arts referee John McCarthy claims Jon Jones would have misplaced his world title at UFC 165 if it weren’t for him.
Jones (26-1 MMA) squared off with Alexander Gustafsson for the primary time on the September 2013 pay-per-view occasion in Toronto, which resulted in arguably the best gentle heavyweight contest in combined martial arts historical past.
‘Bones‘ and ‘The Mauler‘ went to absolute battle for twenty-five straight minutes at UFC 165, leading to each males being taken to hospital following the competition. Jon Jones was awarded a unanimous determination victory that night, one thing referee John McCarthy claims wouldn’t have occurred had he not been overseeing the competition.
“Let’s speak about it this manner, Jon Jones thinks I hate him,” John McCarthy defined on the Weighing in Podcast with Josh Thomson. “He really at one level you realize he wished to, it was earlier than the Daniel Cormier battle I believe, however he got here out within the media and mentioned he didn’t need me doing his battle. And it was due to the battle that he had with Vitor Belfort in Toronto, Canada. The place you realize, there was kick thrown and stuff. However it’s okay that Jon looks like okay you realize he doesn’t like me. Is it that I didn’t like Jon? No! I actually did like Jon Jones. And I’ll be flat out sincere. Jon would have misplaced his world title if I wasn’t doing his battle at UFC 165 when he fought Alexander Gustafsson. There may be not one other referee that might have informed the physician ‘No I’m not stopping the battle’ and let him exit for the fifth spherical. And let that battle proceed. As a result of referees are usually not going to place their profession on the road for a fighter. So there going to say ‘you need it stopped?’ after which do that with there palms (motioning to cease the competition) and the battle goes to be over. Alexander Gustafsson goes to be the winner.”
Josh Thomson requested John McCarthy to elucidate what occurred in additional element.
“When Jon Jones fought Alexander Gustafsson he bought hit with a, I believe it was a proper hand that was on the fitting eye, within the first spherical and break up his eye open. And he went by means of the battle, second spherical, third spherical, after which the lower bought a bit of bit worse on the finish of the third spherical. On the finish of the fourth around the physician got here in and checked out me and he says ‘you realize what I don’t like the way in which his eye is trying, I believe we should always cease the battle’. And I checked out it, and Jon had simply gained the fourth spherical. , got here again as a result of Alexander was successful it however then Jon got here again and gained and nearly completed Alexander in that fourth spherical. He was the champion and he had been preventing with the attention the way in which it was for your entire battle. And by no means was he dabbing at it or something. So I checked out him and I mentioned ‘He simply gained that final spherical I don’t suppose we have to cease this battle’. He goes ‘I don’t prefer it’. So I mentioned ‘I let you know what, we’re going to let the battle go on and if I see that lower change in any respect, I’ll cease the battle and convey you in’. Proper. So he mentioned okay and he (Jon Jones) goes out and I’m pondering to myself I’m by no means stopping this battle. Okay, as a result of I’m not going to take somebody’s title primarily based on a lower that.. you realize, I do know what dangerous cuts are and that wasn’t… I’m not saying I’m smarter than the physician however in terms of accidents in fights I’m smarter than the physician. Particularly in terms of cuts. In order that’s how a lot I hated Jon Jones.”
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This text first appeared on BJPENN.com on June 25, 2020