Former UFC light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones will make his highly anticipated return at December’s UFC 232 event in Las Vegas.
“Bones” longtime coach Mike Winkeljohn confirmed the news on Instagram late this evening.
Coach Wink posted of photo with Jon Jones, who just so happened to be wearing a hat reading “The wait is over. Jon Bones Jones”.
The famous mixed martial arts coach even captioned the photo with the following message for fight fans including the hashtag UFC 232.
“The wait is over @jonnybones is back! @winksgym #oldguysrule #livingthedream #mma #mmafighter #champion #ufc232 #ufc”
All signs point to former division title challenger Alexander Gustafsson to serve as Jon Jones UFC 232 dance partner.
Earlier today “The Mauler” took to Twitter where he announced that he had signed his bout agreement and was now getting pissed off while waiting for Jon Jones to do the same.
“@jonnybones, you are pissing me off! I signed my agreement. Where are you?? Are you chickening out again?? Stop being a coward! #chicken #signthecontract #scared @ Allstars Training Center” – Alexander Gustafsson
Jones and Gustafsson have been exchanging words ever since Jon scored a decision win over “The Mauler” in a “fight of the year” performance at UFC 165 in September of 2013.
In a recent interview with ESPN, the current “champ champ” Daniel Cormier revealed that the UFC want’s him to relinquish his light heavyweight title in order for a Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jon Jones title fight at UFC 232.
It appears as if the stars have aligned, meaning Jon Jones likely received the pay-per-view points he was looking for, and now all that remains is an official announcement from the promotion.
After engaging in one of the greatest fights of all time in their first encounter, who are you picking to win when Alexander Gustafsson and Jon Jones rematch on December 29 in Las Vegas?
By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
Jon Jones became the first man to finish Daniel Cormier at last night’s UFC 214 event in Anaheim, reclaiming his UFC light heavyweight title in the process.
Jones and Cormier went back and forth during the opening two rounds of their highly anticipated UFC 214 main event scrap, with many fans and analysts scoring the fight 19-19 heading into round three.
Unfortunately for Cormier fans, Jones was able to land a viscous head kick on “DC” early on in round-three that had the champion in a world of trouble. “Bones” would proceed to take Cormier down to the octagon canvas where he began unleashing some brutal ground and pound which forced the referee to step in and call the contest.
In his post-fight interview, the newly crowned UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, proceeded to callout former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.
“Lesnar. If you want to find out what it’s like to get your ass kicked by a guy who weighs 40 lbs less than you, meet me here in the octagon.”
Shortly after that, “The Beast” Brock Lesnar would respond to Jon Jones callout with the following warning.
“Be careful what you wish for young man.”
While a proposed super-fight between Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar left some fans screaming at their TV’s “take my money”, former UFC light heavyweight title challenger Alexander Gustafsson was not at all impressed with the idea.
“The Mauler” quickly took to Twitter where he issued the following message to Jon Jones.
“@JonnyBones congrats Champ. Stop asking for retired fighters, I’ve been waiting to put my hands on you and so have all the fans.”
Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson previously met in the octagon at UFC 165 in September of 2013 and ended up delivering a “fight of the year” performance.
After five rounds of back and forth action Jon Jones was awarded the unanimous decision victory over Gustafsson by the judges in attendance.
Who would you rather see Jon Jones fight in his next octagon appearance, Brock Lesnar or Alexander Gustafsson?
By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
A key light heavyweight scrap between former title challengers Alexander Gustafsson and Glover Teixeira served as the main event of today’s UFC Fight Night 109 fight card in Stockholm, Sweden.
Round one begins and Gustafsson misses with a spinning back kick to start. Alexander is utilizing a lot of movement early. He lands a chopping low kick. Glover gets inside and works some uppercuts. He grabs a hold of the Swedish star and dumps him on his back. Gustafsson quickly scrambles and gets back up to his feet. Glover is trying to close the distance and Alex keeps circling away. Gustafsson snaps a left jab. He follows that up with an uppercut. Gustafsson circles out and then comes forward with a left hook. He follows that up with a hard inside low kick. Glover continues to press forward. He eats and accidental eye poke from “The Mauler”. The referee steps in and stops the action. We restart and Gustafsson is able to score with a hard uppercut. Glover is chasing him down here but just can’t seem to connect. Another nice combination lands for Alexander. Glover fires back with a hard combination of his own. He ducks in for a single leg but cannot secure the takedown. Alex breaks free and literally runs to the opposite side of the cage. He then comes forward with a combination. Round one comes to an end.
Round two begins and Glover lands a left jab to start. He presses forward but eats an elbow from Alexander. Both men lands shots to the body. Glover is bleeding from his nose, Gustafsson from his eye. The fighters continue to trade. Gustafsson turns and runs as Glover chases after him. Alexander finds a spot in the cage he likes and decides to reengage. He comes forward with a punch and then an uppercut and then a hook and Glover is down on the floor. Gus is all over him here but Glover is able to wall walk against the cage and stand back up. The fighters continue to trade blows in the center of the cage. Teixeira goes to the body with a punch and once again Gustafsson turns and runs. Round two comes to an end.
Round three begins and Gustafsson lands a hard low kick to start things off. He circles and then comes in with a combination that ends up flooring Teixeira. Alexander quickly jumps on him ground and pound. Big punches and elbows from the top by “The Mauler”. Glover is taking some serious punishment. Still, he is able to scramble free and get back to his feet. Gustafsson has Glover pressed against the fence. He scores a trip and winds up in half guard. Teixeira is able to work his way back up and this time he breaks free. Glover just misses with a right hand. Alexander comes in with a pair of uppercuts, both of which just miss the mark. Gustafsson comes in with a knee and then a left hand. He scores with another uppercut. Glover smiles and signals for him to come forward. Gus does just that and lands a hard low kick. Round three comes to an end.
Round four begins and Gustafsson starts things off with a pair of kicks, one low and one to the body. Glover presses forward but eats a shot to the body for his troubles. Teixeira returns fire with a hard body kick. Gus replies with a right hand that lands. The fighters battle inside the clinch and Gus lands a pair of hard elbows. Alexander has the Brazilian bomber pressed against the cage now. He works a foot stomp and then a couple of knees to the thigh. They break and Glover presses forward and lands a couple of shots inside. Alexander circles and then comes in and lands a massive uppercut. Glover has one hell of a chin. Good kicks from “The Mauler” now. He scores with a left hand. Glover replies with a right hand. Alexander returns fire with a hard combination. Teixeira is all sorts of busted up now. Round four comes to an end.
Round five begins and Glover needs the finish. He comes forward with a push kick. The fighters each lands lefts. Glover leans in and scores with a hard right. He eats a massive counter uppercut from Alex and is rocked. Another hard shot from Gustafsson and Glover is on queer street. A second uppercut sends Glover crashing to the canvas and this one is all over! What a finish!
By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
Just weeks removed from his big win over Jan Blachowicz, Swedish light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson has another big fight in the pipe. While his last fight occurred on European soil, however, this one will take him across the world to Sao Paolo, Brazil. The two-time light heavyweight title challenger is now scheduled to take on Brazil’s Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on November 19. The bout will serve as the main event for UFC Fight Night 100.
This news comes from reliable Brazilian outlet Globo.
Prior to his defeat of Blachowicz, Gustafsson was neck-deep in a two-fight losing streak. The first of these losses saw him come up short against Anthony “Rumble” Johnson in front of tens of thousands of Swedish fans. The second saw him lose a tooth-and-nail title fight with Daniel Cormier, the outcome of which is still debated to this day.
Nogeuira was last seen in May when he pummelled wrestling specialist Patrick Cummins to a first-round TKO. Just like Gustafsson, Nogueira’s most recent win was proceeded by two back-to-back losses: a knockout loss to Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, and a back-and-forth decision loss opposite Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
Should the 40-year-old Nogueira win this bout, it’ll be one of the finest victories of his long career. That said, he’ll likely remain some distance from a title shot, even in victory. Gustafsson, on the other hand, is never far from a shot at gold. Should he beat Nogeuira in Sao Paolo, he’ll find himself right in thick of things amidst light heavyweight monsters like Cormier, Rumble and troubled former champion Jon Jones.
Who takes it?
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