John McCarthy says Jon Jones would have lost his UFC 165 title if he hadn’t refereed

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If it weren’t for referee John McCarthy, defending UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones could have an official loss on his MMA record, apart from this disqualification he suffered in 2009.

While Jones and McCarthy have fought their heads in the past, the legendary referee remains adamant that he came to the rescue of Jones in the famous title fight with Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165. This fight remains the one of the most difficult of Jones’ career and one that he could have probably lost on the dashboards. But it was in fact McCarthy’s efforts during the fight that extended the game and allowed Jones to gain the upper hand after a hard-fought fifth round.

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