Jones Would Welcome Gustafsson Rematch

Alexander Gustafsson called out Jon Jones when it was announced that the former light heavyweight champion would be clear to return in October, and it seems Jones is ready for a showdown.

Speaking with RT Sport, Jones welcomed the idea of facing Gustafsson in his return fight to the UFC, most likely slated for early 2019.

“I’ve been hearing about the possibility that Alexander Gustafsson will be the first person I fight when I come back, which I’m excited about,” Jones said. “A lot of people feel like he beat me the first time we fought, which didn’t happen, it was close, but he didn’t beat me.”

Jones would best Gustafsson in a fight of the year candidate at UFC 165 in 2013, where Jones would walk out with a unanimous decision victory. And while he got the win, Jones knows he could have taken the showdown a little more seriously.

“So, Alexander Gustafsson is a possible first fight back, I’d love to fight him again and take him seriously this time,” the 31-year-old Jones said. “The first time I fought him, I wasn’t living life the way a champion should be living life.”

“I didn’t train very hard for that fight, I’m not making excuses, but this is just the truth, I could have given it a lot more effort, I got fatigued after the first two rounds, which is something that never normally happens in my fights, so I feel like the next time I fight him, I will finish him.”

Initial Report: RT Sport

 

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