After years of waiting, former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and long-time contender Alexander Gustafsson will finally rematch at UFC 232 on December 29. The pair’s long-awaited rematch has been given an extra infusion of excitement as it will be for the vacant UFC light heavyweight title, as reigning champion Daniel Cormier is expected to be stripped once they step into the cage.
Ahead of this massive Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson rematch, the UFC has released an epic promo which highlights their thrilling first fight. This promo also hypes up the UFC 232 co-main event, which will pit Cris Cyborg against Amanda Nunes.
See it at the top of this post.
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, meanwhile, 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.
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.
What do you think of this new promo for Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson’s UFC 232 rematch?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 11/15/2018.