In what he considered as the biggest fight in his life, Alexander Gustafsson failed to avenge his heartbreaking loss suffered five years ago as Jon Jones came out on top in their long-awaited rematch, which served as the headlining fight of the UFC 232 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Unlike their first meeting, the Jones vs Gustafsson II did not go the distance as “Bones” pulled off a technical knockout win in just the third round to recapture the UFC light heavyweight championship.
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Five years after their thrilling match-up dubbed by many as the greatest fight of all time, Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson went at it again in the headliner of UFC’s final offering in 2018. “The Mauler” has called this showdown his dream fight and stressed that he has prepared for this since the eve of his loss to Jones in 2013.
However, their rematch had a different story but ended with the same result as Jones came out with the victory for the second time after a masterful technical knockout of Gustafsson. “Bones” gave his rival a solid beating in the third round, which forced the referee to call off the fight, giving Jones the light-heavyweight championship he lost after a failed post UFC 214 drug test.
Asked about his feeling after a brutal loss to Jones, Gustafsson said he was very disappointed but he offered no excuses and is taking it like a man.
“I’m disappointed. I’m very disappointed but it’s a sport, it’s a fight. We did our best in the Octagon and this was the outcome so I have to take it like a man. Jon knew exactly how to stop my footwork, to stop my movement, my flow, my distance. He just made sure I could not move anymore. And that’s it. He took me down and I could not get up.”
Watch Jones vs Gustafsson II highlights in the video below:
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A limping Gustafsson showed up in the post-fight interview and he also shed light on what caused the injury.
“No, I just hurt my groin in there.”
See full results of the UFC 232 fight card below (via Fox Sports AU):
Montel Jackson def. Brian Kelleher — via 1st round submission
Curtis Millender def. Siyar Bahadurzada — via unanimous decision
Uriah Hall def. Bevon Lewis — via 3rd round KO
Nathan Wood def. Andre Ewell — via 3rd round submission
Ryan Hall def. BJ Penn — via 1st round submission
Petr Yan def. Douglas Silva de Andrade — via TKO (end of round 2)
Megan Anderson def. Cat Zingano — via 1st round TKO
Walt Harris def. Andrei Arlovski — via split decision
Alexander Volkanovski def. Chad Mendes — via 2nd round TKO
Corey Anderson def. Ilir Latifi — via unanimous decision
Michael Chiesa def. Carlos Condit — via 2nd submission
Amanda Nunes def. Cris Cyborg — via first round KO
Jon Jones def. Alexander Gustafsson — via third-round KO
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