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UFC 165: Champions Jon Jones and Renan Barao in action

| 16.09.2013

UFC 165 sees an exciting card with Jon Jones coming out to defend his title and the equally dominant Renan Barao putting his interim bantamweight belt on the line.

There is also a heavyweight contest that could see the loser on the verge of exile to Bellator and that crucial clash completes our treble paying of 1.5/1

Jon Jones to win at 1/7

Jon Jones (18-1), the UFC’s greatest fighter returns to the octagon to take on Swedish fighter Alexander Gustafsson (16-1).

Little is known about the challenger, who is the main contender but has yet to beat any of the men who join him in the top 10.

The Swede has six victories in a row but is still to defeat anyone near the quality of Jones and will struggle with the step up in class.

Renan Barao to win  at 1/6

The undercard also offers plenty with Renan Barao (30-1) putting his interim bantamweight title on the line.

Much like the aforementioned Jones, the Brazilian has scythed his way through the top order of the game, defeating all comers at this weight.

That does not bode well for Eddie Wineland (20-8-1) who has failed to make a mark at the peak of the sport, failing when handed numerous opportunities, most recently enduring crushing defeats to Urijah Faber and Joseph Benavidez.

The champion should see off his opponent here with ease and join Jones in retaining his crown.

Matt Mitrione to win at 4/5

The last part of this treble sees a battle between two men who could be on the verge of dropping out of UFC should they fail to improve.

Heavyweights Brendan Schaub (9-3) and Matt Mitrione (6-2) were both touted as great prospects but have lost their way of late, both losing two of their previous three bouts.

Both men share similar records and this one could be a tight affair but the aggression of Mitrione could tell and see him bludgeon his way to victory.

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Aaron Cox

Aaron has written for a number of top-level publications, including FourFourTwo and the Manchester Evening News. As well as being a fanatical Rochdale AFC fan and blogger, he shares a passion for rugby league and golf.