On December 29, in the main event of the stacked UFC 232 card in Las Vegas, former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will step back into the cage with the fiercest opponent of his career: Sweden’s Alexander Gustafsson.
Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson first met in the main event of UFC 165, in 2013 in Toronto. On that night, Jones walked away with a unanimous decision win, though many fans felt Gustafsson should have been awarded the decision. Whatever the case, the bout is widely regarded as one of the best in UFC history.
As their UFC 232 rematch bears down, the UFC has released their first fight for our viewing pleasure.
See it below.
Jon Jones will enter this fight having not fought since July of 2017, when he knocked out Daniel Cormier. Unfortunately, this bout was quickly ruled a no contest when it was announced Jones had failed a drug test. The title was returned to Cormier, and after more than a year of deliberation, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), handed Jones a 15-month suspension. Because this suspension is retroactive to the date of his failed test, he was eligible to compete again at the end of October. He’s 22-1 (1) overall.
Alexander Gustafsson, on the other hand, has not fought since May of 2017, when knocked out Glover Teixeira. With this win, the Swedish contender moved onto a two-fight streak, having also recently bested Jan Blachowicz by decision. Gustafsson is 18-4 overall.
UFC 232 will be co-headlined a women’s featherweight title fight between divisional champion Cris Cyborg and women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.
Who do you think will come out on top when Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson rematch at UFC 232? Make your pick in the comments section below.
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 12/19/2018.