Jon Jones emerged victorious against Alexander Gustafsson at the UFC 232 main event. Gustafsson took Jones to a nail-biting decision in a Fight of the Year epic at UFC 165, but the Swede was dominated in the light heavyweight championship rematch.
Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson II didn’t play out anything like the first fight. Jones TKO'd Gustafsson in 2 minutes and 2 seconds of the third round.
Jones won back the UFC light heavyweight title with a dominant win over Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of UFC 232, which took place Saturday at The Forum in Inglewood, California. It marked his first fight since July 2017, when he knocked out Daniel Cormier to re-claim the 205-pound title before testing positive for a steroid metabolite.
Historically, Jones’ most dangerous opponent has been himself — not a different fighter. “Bones” had had multiple run-ins with the law, including a 2015 hit-and-run, plus run-ins with USADA, the UFC’s anti-doping partner. Jones’ 15-month USADA suspension, which stemmed from the Cormier rematch, ended in October.
Gustafsson, who was eventually finished with a barrage of ground-and-pound in the third round, said Jones almost completely immobilised him with a groin injury in the first round.
With that said, ‘The Mauler’ credited Jones as being the better man on the night and said that, despite his recent positive drug test for trace amounts of Turinabol, ‘Bones’ didn’t feel any faster or stronger in the Octagon.
Gustafsson is now 0-2 against Jones, but the UFC veteran is still determined to capture a world title and prove himself against the very best in the world.
“It’s not over yet,” Gustafsson said after the fight. “Let’s see what’s next. Like always, you do this for a reason. That is to compete with the best guys out there, and that’s what I’ll do. I’ll do it as long as it’s fun.”