A little over five years after their epic fight of the year performance in Toronto, Jon “Bones” Jones and Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson are set for a rematch.
ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reports the pair will headline UFC 232 on December 29 in Las Vegas and will fight for the UFC light heavyweight title currently held by Daniel Cormier. Cormier is the only current dual-weight champion, also holding the prestigious UFC heavyweight title, and it has been rumoured he will be stripped of one of his straps shortly – this will come to fruition by the looks of it.
Jones and Gustafsson met at UFC 165 in September 2013 with “Bones” retaining his lightweight title via very close unanimous decision in what many consider to be one of the best fights in UFC history.
His return marks Jones’ return to the Octagon following a third suspension. Currently 21-1 in his pro career, he tested positive for Turinabol, an anabolic steroid after his third-round knockout victory over Cormier for the light heavyweight title at UFC 214 in July 2017. He was subsequently suspended for 15 months by USADA, but is eligible to officially return on October 28th. The UFC 214 result was overturned and Cormier retained his title by default Cormier.
The 31-year-old Gustafsson (18-4, 10-4 UFC) last fought in May at a UFC Fight Night when he defeated Glover Teixeira by fifth-round knockout. This will be Gustafsson’s third shot at the light heavyweight title, having also lost to Cormier at UFC 192 in October of 2015 by a split decision.