Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson have been calling to fight each other now for several weeks, and today the UFC announced that the two will fight, September 21st at UFC 165. The event will go down in Toronto, Ontario, where interestingly enough, Jones has already scored wins over Lyoto Machida and most recently Vitor Belfort.
Today’s announcement shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, as while fans have been hoping to see Jones move into a super fight relatively soon, the light-heavyweight champ has been adamant about the fact he wants to set a new title defense record (he’s currently recorded five defenses which is tied with Tito Ortiz). In addition, Jones has consistently said he isn’t too interested in fighting Machida again, who he choked out in December, 2011.
There’s also the fact that both Jones and Gustafsson have been tweeting about fighting each other. Looks like the campaign worked.
UFC 165 will mark the first time the 25 year-old Jones has fought since he took out Chael Sonnen in the first round at UFC 159, and dislocated his toe in the process.
Gustafsson hasn’t fought since December when he worked his way to a UD win over former champ “Shogun” Rua. The rising fighter was supposed to fight Gegard Mousasi at UFC on FUEL TV 9 in April, but he was cut training just days before the bout and was forced to pull out. The 26 year-old Swedish fighter has won six straight bouts.
Should be a great fight.
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