Jones Sees Eventual Trilogy Bout with Gustafsson
Through the thick and thin of all the controversy surrounding UFC 232 and Jon Jones, many hoped Jones’ main event light heavyweight title bout with Alexander Gustafsson would be as thrilling and competitive as their original 2013 encounter at UFC 165.
But the rematch ended up being one-sided in nature. Unlike the 2013 bout, a Fight of the Year that Jones won via controversial unanimous decision, Jones finished Gustafsson off in the third round, scoring a TKO to reclaim the UFC Light Heavyweight Title.
Jones’ future is uncertain — he must meet the Nevada State Athletic Commission later this month for a hearing related to Turinabol metabolites found in his system. Meanwhile, as confirmed by UFC President Dana White at the UFC 232 post-fight press conference, Gustafsson will need to pick up a few wins before the chance of even sniffing another crack at UFC gold.
But Jones told ESPN that he feels Gustafsson will bounce back and they will meet one more tijme.
Jones added at the press conference: “I think [the story of who is better is] closed. But I also am smart enough to know that Gustafsson will fight his way back to the top. A third fight’s inevitable.”
The now two-time light heavyweight champion, who has dominated the UFC division when active, hopes that when the two collide once more, Gustafsson will have improved his ground game.
“The biggest mismatch in the fight was the ground difference,” Jones told ESPN. “He didn’t really have much on the ground. I would look for him to make some adjustments. To make it a more competitive fight the [third] time, he needs to do more ground work.”
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