On Saturday evening, in the main event of the stacked UFC 232 card in Los Angeles, former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones rematched the toughest opponent of his career in Sweden’s Alexander Gustafsson. The pair collided with the UFC light heavyweight title, recently vacated by Daniel Cormier, on the line.
In the end, Jon Jones made a successful comeback, reclaiming the light heavyweight title with a third-round TKO defeat of his Swedish rival.
As you can probably expect, this victory generated some interesting reactions from the MMA community.
Here are some of the best reactions:
— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) December 30, 2018
Good fight!! I’m kinda speechless. #ufc232
— JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) December 30, 2018
— ike vallie-flagg (@IKEVF) December 30, 2018
Jon Jones makes it look easy. Say what you want, but that man is the greatest talent in MMA history. Just wow. #UFC232
— Jordy McElroy (@JordyMcElroy) December 30, 2018
Every single one of those strikes looked like it landed to the back of the head, clearly behind the ear. Am I blind? Oh well. #UFC232
— Alex Scaffidi (@alexscaffidi_) December 30, 2018
He did it
— Kevin MTP Lee (@MoTownPhenom) December 30, 2018
— Andreas Hale (@AndreasHale) December 30, 2018
In case you missed it, here is how Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson’s fight went down, round by round.
Throughout the first round, Jon Jones showed off far more striking diversity than he did in his first fight with Gustafsson, landing kicks and punches across all levels, a crackling elbow to the dome, and unfortunately, a knee to the cup. Alexander Gustafsson, however, had answers for every one of the former champion’s many takedown attempts.
After this close first round, the pair returned for the second frame. In the early phases of this second round, Alexander Gustafsson unfortunately landed an eye-poke, but otherwise had much more success, as he began to find his range with his boxing and walk the former champion backward. Toward the end of the round, however, Jon Jones began to surge back, mixing up his strikes, and punishing Gustafsson’s head and body with all manner of artillery.
In the third, Jon Jones finally landed a takedown, and this this would prove to be his foe’s undoing. After a brief positional struggle, the former champion climbed onto his foe’s back. After briefly threatening with a rear-naked choke, he postured up and unleashed a storm of ground-and-pound until the referee could watch no more.
What was your reaction to the return of Jon Jones?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 12/29/2018.