UFC 165: Hayabusa Fight Team in Toronto
Current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Jon “Bones” Jones (18 -1- 0) may have met his match as he defends the title for the sixth straight time against Swedish fighter, Alexander "The Mauler" Gustafsson (15 - 1 - 0).
The two light heavyweights have a similar fighting style, each with nine victories by way of knockout and three via decision. This past April, Jones finished Chael Sonnen early in the first round by TKO, raising his UFC win count to twelve. Gustafsson’s last fight ended in his favor with an unanimous decision against Mauricio Rua. He enters riding six consecutive wins.
Two long-standing UFC Championship titles have switched hands over the summer with Chris Weidman defeating Anderson Silva and Anthony Pettis quickly submitting Benson Henderson. MMA fans could witness the start of two new UFC Champions this Saturday at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada.
Team Hayabusa - Main Card
Eddie Wineland vs. Renan Barao
The night’s co-main event features another title fight as former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) Champion, Eddie Wineland (20 - 8 - 1) challenges current Interim UFC Bantamweight Champion, Renan Barao (30 - 1 - 0).
Due to injuries it’s been nearly two years since the actual Bantamweight title holder, Dominick Cruz stepped foot inside the octagon. In that time Barao has already defended the title against Michael McDonald in UFC on Fuel TV 7 and looks to be the first Interim Champion to defend the belt twice.
Wineland comes into the fight off back-to-back strong performances, recently winning via split decision over Brad Pickett at UFC 155. After two rocky UFC appearances, Wineland rebounded with an impressive knockout victory against Scott Jorgensen in the second round of UFC on FX 3.
Wineland represents Hayabusa in Haburi™ Compression Shorts during his first UFC co-main event title fight this weekend.
Costa Philippou vs. Francis Carmont
Middleweight contenders, Costa Philippou (12 - 2 - 1) and Francis Carmont (21 - 7 - 0) enter the bout riding consecutive wins. Carmont remains undefeated in the UFC, winning all of his last five octagon match-ups. Philippou follows closely with only one recorded loss in the UFC during his debut against Nick Catone at UFC 128.
The winner of the fight could determine the next challenger who faces either Chris Weidman or Anderson Silva after their December rematch.
Watch for Carmont sporting the Hayabusa Haburi™ Compression Shorts during his main card bout this Saturday.
Ivan Menjivar vs. Wilson Reis
Salvadoran fighter, Ivan Menjivar (25 - 10 - 0) enters off a loss to Urijah Faber in UFC 167. Before his recent loss, Menjivar left victorious over Azamat Gashimov in UFC 154 via an armbar submission in the first round.
Riding a four-fight winning streak, Wilson Reis (16 - 4 - 0) makes his UFC debut on short notice after replacing Menjivar’s original opponent, Norifumi Yamamoto.
Mitch Gagnon vs. Dustin Kimura
Just over a year since his last fight, Mitch Gagnon (9 - 2 - 0) returns to the cage after taking time off due to injuries. He rebounded from his UFC debut loss to Bryan Caraway with an early first round submission at UFC 152.
Gagnon looks for his second UFC win against fellow Canadian bantamweight, Dustin Kirmura (10 - 0 - 0), who makes his first octagon appearance on a ten-fight winning streak.
John Makdessi vs. Renee Forte
Lightweight fighter, John Makdessi (11 - 2 - 0) currently rides back-to-back wins with a recent decision over Daron Cruickshank at UFC 158. Under the UFC banner, the strong Canadian striker has claimed four victories out of his last six bouts.
Brazilian newcomer, Renee Fortee (8 - 2 - 0) has had a hit or miss career inside the octagon. Fortee recovered from his UFC debut loss by picking up an unanimous decision win over Terry Etim back in February.
Roland Delorme vs. Alex Caceres
Roland Delorme’s (9 - 1 - 0) performance at UFC 161 left him with an unanimous decision victory over Edwin Figueroa. Delorme held two consecutive UFC wins before getting knocked out by Francisco Rivera; ultimately the loss turned into a no contest after Rivera failed a post-fight drug test.
Alex Caceres (8 - 5 - 0) also has a recent no contest on his record from his fight against Kyung Ho Kang, he makes his return to the cage after being suspended since March.
Delmore gears up in Hayabusa Chikara™ Performance Shorts for his prelim fight on Facebook, starting at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Michel Prazeres vs. Jesse Ronson
Canada’s Jesse Ronson (13 - 2 - 0) makes his UFC debut on an eight-fight winning streak, replacing the injured Mark Bocek to face fellow lightweight contender, Michel Prazeres (16 - 1 - 0).
Prazeres is rebounding from his first loss of his professional career against Paulo Thiago. Prior to starting with the UFC, Prazeres had been undefeated for sixteen consecutive fights.
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Full Fight Card Main Bouts (on PPV): 10 p.m. ET
- Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson
- Renan Barão vs. Eddie Wineland
- Brendan Schaub vs. Matt Mitrione
- Costa Philippou vs. Francis Carmont
- Pat Healy vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Preliminary Card (on Fox Sports 1): 8 p.m. ET
- Mike Ricci vs. Myles Jury
- Ivan Menjivar vs. Wilson Reis
- Chris Clements vs. Stephen Thompson
- Mitch Gagnon vs. Dustin Kimura
Preliminary Bouts (on Facebook): 6:30 p.m. ET
- John Makdessi vs. Renee Forte
- Michel Prazeres vs. Jesse Ronson
- Roland Delorme vs. Alex Caceres
- Nandor Guelmino vs. Daniel Omielanczuk