Alexander Gustafsson and Jon Jones will rekindle their rivalry later this year when they face off in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s year-end show. ‘The Mauler’ and ‘Bones’ will fight for the vacant light heavyweight belt in the main event of the UFC 232 on December 29 in Las Vegas.
Last week, the two contenders had an intense faceoff at the UFC 232 presser in New York, where they shoving took place, but was quickly stopped, thanks to UFC President Dana White. Gustafsson stressed that he had no idea why Jones decided to shove him, but he had something to say about the incident and Jones.
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The Stockholm-native is currently enjoying a two-fight winning streak. He was victorious at UFC Fight Night in Hamburg, Germany with a unanimous decision win over Jan Błachowicz in September 2016 before earning a knockout victory in his home soil against Glover Teixeira last year.
Gustafsson will welcome Jones back in the Octagon following a 15-month suspension by the United States Anti-Doping Agency after the former UFC champion tested positive for a banned substance, Turinabol. This also overturned his win against Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 to a no-contest, which cost him the light heavyweight strap.
Emotion will surely run high in their next encounter as the 31-year old is looking to avenge his loss against the former champion. Gustafsson gave Jones a run for his money in their 2013 fight dubbed as one of the best of all time, where the latter came out with a narrow victory.
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“I’m Going To Have The Answer For It”
After the shoving incident last Friday, ‘The Mauler’ told The MMA Hour that he was not impressed by Jones’ power. As for their rematch, Gustafsson knows that Jones would be a dangerous opponent, but he assures that he will have an answer to whatever he brings to the table.
“I don’t know why he shoved me. He just did that, and the only thing I noticed was that I wasn’t impressed by his power at all. We had some fun up there, and the 29th of December, we’re going to give all the fans a really good show, even better than the first one, I can promise you that.
“It’s been five years, so let’s see what happens. I’m just going to make sure I’ll be in my best shape ever, and I’m going to make sure I’m going to do my homework for this fight. Everybody knows what Jon brings to the table, and whatever he brings, I’m going to have an answer for it.”
“I think I just respected him too much the first time. I didn’t have the same experience as I have now, and these are different times. It’s a new time, and it’s my time. That’s how I see it. I see myself [having evolved], and I’m going to stay busy, we’re going to do this rematch, and everything’s just going to go like I want it to be.”
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“I really hope he brings his best to the table because I’m getting ready for the best. I’m getting ready for Jon’s A-game. I don’t want to hear any excuses after I beat him,” he concluded.
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