UFC President Dana White is leaving no stones unturned to draw Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson against each other. The rematch is expected to be one of the biggest events of this year, and one of the biggest in terms legacy league. Dana White spoke of this dream reunion to ESPN via a text message and cleared that nothing official has yet been made, but the date could be 29th December and that would close the calendar year with a bang.
Jones will put his light heavyweight title on line and not only will it be the best match in its class but the best rematch in history as well, expects Dana White. Jones and his representative refuted to make any clarification on these rumours. Alexander’s representatives are yet to be contacted.
Jones who is already a living legend in the field of MMA, cleared his dispute with USADA as he is on a 15-month suspension due to failed drug test. Jones has a formidable 22-1 record and will look to widen the margin as he is eligible to return to the ring by October 28. UFC 165 saw one of the most riveting fights ever to be fought between Gustafsson and Jones. Alexander’s record, 18-4 is a tad bland when compared to Jones’ but that didn’t deter him from looking into the eye of Jon.
The fight was brutal an was a topsy-turvy ride and went till the 5th round where Jon emerged as the champion via a unanimous decision although the result could have been very different. A year later, Gustafsson had his chance to make amends but an unfortunate injury forced him to withdraw. The Swedish fighter in an interview said that when he thinks of the fight, it is the only thing that makes sense. The Swede has expressed his respect towards Jon and the feeling can be considered mutual. Alexander is yet to make a formal entry in 2018 as he has been pegged back with various reasons.
Jones expressed his feelings earlier when spoken about the popular rematch with Alexander, and the veteran fighter is waiting for it. The challenge against Alexander is something Jones would dig and he also spoke about the time when people had thought the Swede to overpower him.