Dana White: Jon Jones and John McCarthy begged and pleaded with doctor not to stop fight

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sport

UFC president Dana White claims the doctor was ready to step in and stop UFC 165's main event between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson

The only thing that prevented UFC president Dana White from wrapping the light heavyweight title around the waist of Alexander Gustafsson on Saturday night was some begging and pleading. At least, that's what UFC president Dana White said was the case on Saturday night at UFC 165.

Speaking to Fox Sports after Jon Jones earned a unanimous decision victory, retaining his light heavyweight title, White said:

They took Jon out of the Octagon and took him straight to the hospital. He was in an absolute war; he's got a massive cut. I don't know if you've heard, but the doctors were going to stop the fight in the last round because of the cut. Jones begged him not to stop the fight. And from what I understand (referee John) McCarthy did too - pleaded with them not to stop the fight.

A glancing blow from Gustafsson in the opening stanza of the contest opened a cut above Jones' right eye. By the end of the fourth round the cut was wide and deep enough to cause blood to run into Jones' eye. That's when the referee came into the Octagon and debated waving the fight off.

White did not indicate if the doctor wanted to stop the fight because of the severity of the cut or because the blood flowing from the wound was affecting Jones' vision and ability to defend himself.

Jones' win gave him a UFC light heavyweight record sixth consecutive title defense. The victory also extended Jones' light heavyweight record winning streak to ten.

Jones and Gustafsson earned an extra $50,000 each for their battle, taking home Fight of the Night honors.

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