The long-awaited rematch between former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones and legendary striker Alexander "The Mauler" Gustafsson has been made official. On Dec. 29 in Las Vegas, Jones (22-1-0, 1 NC) and Gustafsson (18-4) will lock horns in the main event of UFC 232. Tickets for the show, which goes down at the iconic T-Mobile Arena, are available right here on AXS.com.
A meeting between two of the world's top 205-pound strikers, Jones vs. Gustafsson should be a "Fight of the Year" contender. If their first scrap was any indication, it'll be a brawl for the ages.
When Jones fought "The Mauler" five years ago in the main event of UFC 165, he won via decision -- in quite controversial fashion. Many fight fans thought Gustafsson actually should have been declared the winner. It was the first time in Jones' career that he was really stretched to the limit. Prior to UFC 165, Jones looked nearly unbeatable.
The thing is, "Bones" usually enjoys a distinct height and reach advantage over his opponents. With the 31-year-old, 6-foot-5 Swede standing on the other side of the Octagon, Jones won't be able to rely on his size to gain the upper hand. Gustafsson is the only other UFC light heavyweight as tall and lanky as Jones, so he presents a serious challenge for the former champ.
Elsewhere on the card, Cris "Cyborg" fights women's bantamweight champ Amanda "Lioness" Nunes for the world featherweight title. "Cyborg" vs. Nunes is expected to serve as the UFC 232 co-main. Additionally, it has been announced that Carlos Condit will meet Michael Chiesa at welterweight.