In 2013, we witnessed one of if not the greatest UFC title fight in the company’s history and it went down in the prestigious light heavyweight division. That fight, of course, was none other than the clash between the then champion Jon “Bones” Jones and the challenger, Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson.
Since then, the two have gone in fairly separate directions.
Jones’ history is obviously well documented at this point by having had his run-ins with the law as well as USADA. But, now he’s back after receiving his rather generous suspension yesterday.
Through all this, Jones has still managed to fight at least once a year since 2014 and could very well keep that trend going with a fight in the coming months. That remains to be determined.
A man who will happily welcome him back is the Swedish striking sensation, Gustafsson. He let it be known in a recent post to his social media accounts.
Congratulations @jonnybones I’m really glad u are back! @dc_mma is aiming for Brock.. so let’s give the fans another legendary fight for the belt 👊🏻 @ufc @danawhite
Since his fight with Jones, Gustafsson has gone 3-2 and had to deal with multiple injury setbacks. He had to pull out of a fight as recently as UFC 227 last month for a bout with Volkan Oezdemir.
Well, not exactly. Oezdemir was the one was initially injured out but upon the search for a replacement, Gustafsson revealed he wasn’t 100 percent either. Which brings us to now.
It was reported yesterday after the Jones news broke that Gustafsson could be ready to fight for a potential main event at UFC 230. Prior to Jones getting his suspension, the big rumor was that he would also be fighting in this spot.
UFC president Dana White has since denied the possibility of Jones coming back for the Madison Square Garden event but as we know, that doesn’t mean all that much. With tickets for UFC 230 going on sale next Wednesday, an announcement is expected any day now.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 9/20/2018