To UFC fans, the sight of Jon ‘Bones‘ Jones and Alexander ‘The Mauler‘ Gustafsson stepping into the Octagon® is something they’ve hoped for since 2013.
That was when the two men had fought what was later described as the greatest light-heavyweight fight of all time.
As the current divisional champion Daniel Cormier is focusing on defending his UFC Heavyweight Championship, the promotion has indicated that he would be stripped of his title and that the winner of the proposed Jones/Gustafsson bout would become the undisputed champion. Jones and Gustafsson have fought previously in September of 2013 at UFC 165 with Jones defending his title by unanimous decision. The rematch was previously booked to headline UFC 178 in September of 2014, but the pairing was scrapped after Gustafsson tore his right meniscus and lateral collateral ligament. A day before the event, Cormier relinquished his title as he said “I’d rather walk away this way, than have the history books say I was stripped”.
The event will take place in Los Angeles on 29th December. Here is what Jones said after he failed the drug test before the match:
“I have willingly submitted to every USADA test in the lead up to this fight, and USADA has confirmed what I’ve been saying all along, that I’m a clean athlete.”