Gustafsson: Jon Jones Is ‘Best Fighter’ In The World

Alexander Gustafsson calls former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones “the best fighter in the world.”

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Next month (Sat. December 29, 2018) the UFC will host a rematch of one of the best fights in the promotion’s history.

Back in 2013, Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson put on a classic of a light heavyweight title contest. Both men endured the most damage of their fighting careers, however, “Bones” emerged victorious with the unanimous decision win. Ever since, Gustafsson has been gunning for a rematch with Jones.

He’ll now get it. Jones vs. Gustafsson II will main event UFC 232 on pay-per-view (PPV) from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The winner will be crowned the new UFC light heavyweight champion. Current titleholder Daniel Cormier will be stripped after the fight starts.

“The Mauler” came closer than anyone to defeating Jones, who has yet to be bested inside the Octagon. Speaking on “The MMA Hour” recently, Gustafsson said he believes Jones is still “the best fighter in the world” (via BJPenn.com):

“He’s a really talented fighter. He’s a very smart fighter,” Gustafsson said. “Whatever Jon does, in that Octagon he has a strategy and he’s a very smart fighter with a good eye, so you can’t relax.

“You can’t relax with this guy, you can’t even give him an inch. You have be on your toes the whole fight, you have to be ready the whole fight.

“So, that’s how I see Jon now. Jon has just been so impressive, that’s why he never lost. So, he is just that guy. He’s been beating everybody, so we all know how he is and how he’s been.

“He’s the best fighter in the world. For me, he’s the pound-for-pound best fighter, so like I said, I can’t relax for a second when I fight him.”

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Anthony Smith Blasts ‘Cheat’ Jon Jones

The war of words continues between Anthony Smith and Jon Jones.

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Anthony Smith blasts Jon Jones in a recent interview as the war of words between the two light heavyweight fighters continue. The belief is that he’ll fight the winner of the upcoming vacant light heavyweight title bout. This fight will be between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of UFC 232.

Since then, Smith and Jones have exchanged words. This leads us to Smith talking about it in an interview where he pointed out the differences between them.

”I think that Jon is in a weird place now,” he said (H/T to MMAMania. I’ve won three fights in five months. Jon Jones has won three fights in five years. Like, what more do I have to do, you know?”

Smith continued by stating that he has been working hard while Jones hasn’t fought because he wasn’t eligible.

“I’m busting my ass, I’m in great entertaining fights, three finishes. Part of me is like ‘What are you even talking about? You don’t even really fight.’ Until just now, Jon Jones wasn’t even eligible!”

Anthony Smith Knows What Bothers Jones

The rising prospect believes the things that Jones gets bothered with is people asking him if he cheats.

”I think the things that bother Jon is when people ask me do I think he cheats? Yeah, I do. It’s failed drug tests,. How can you argue with that. He’s been suspended twice for PEDs. I’m not the only one talking about Jon Jones. It’s like I don’t know what his deal is but I don’t give a s**t.”

Smith was put in this spot once he beat former title contender Volkan Oezdemir by third-round rear-naked choke. This fight went down in the headliner of UFC Moncton at Moncton Coliseum in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. Smith made it known that he doesn’t have a problem with Jones. However, he’s not going to back down.

”I’m not out here to start s**t with anybody and I don’t have a problem with Jon Jones. I don’t know Jon Jones. But I can only speak to what we all know. I’ve never talked about him personally. That’s the route people go a lot with Jon.”

Finally, Smith says that he just wants to fight Jones even if the former UFC champion cheats for the fight.

“They want to talk about his personal life and all the trouble he’s been in. Again, I don’t give a s**t about that either. I just want to fight him and I think he cheats. Like, that’s it.”

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UFC Rankings Report: Jon Jones Returns

The new UFC Rankings have been released in the aftermath of UFC 230.  Below, you will find the changes in each division: Women’s Strawweight: No changes Women’s Flyweight: Lauren Murphy has moved up one spot to #7, now tied with Roxanne Modafferi. Wome…

The new UFC Rankings have been released in the aftermath of UFC 230.  Below, you will find the changes in each division: Women’s Strawweight: No changes Women’s Flyweight: Lauren Murphy has moved up one spot to #7, now tied with Roxanne Modafferi. Women’s Bamtamweight: No changes Women’s Featherweight: N/A Flyweight: Previously unranked, Alex Perez now […]

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Jon Jones Vows To Treat Career With More Respect Going Forward

Jon Jones admitted that he was extremely sad without MMA.

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Jon Jones vows to make changes and treat his career with more respect going forward after given another chance.

Jones will have the chance to prove people wrong once he fights Alexander Gustafsson for a second time with the vacant light heavyweight title being on the line. This will serve as the headliner of the UFC 232 pay-per-view event.

During his comeback tour that includes an exclusive interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani at the UFC 232 presser, Jones opened up. This is to the point where he noted that his rise to being a superstar had gotten to him. Thus, it got the better of him and needs to learn from those lessons.

“The guy that fought Gustafsson the first time was right in the heyday of all his crap. As far as just being a party boy, mainly,” Jones said (H/T to Bloody Elbow). “Being on top of the world. Not many things have happened to my life at that point. So, I was just really on top of the world, just feeling invincible.”

Jon Jones Reflects On His Mistakes

Jones brought up how he has been through a lot and learned from it. Thus, he now appreciates the sport rather than take it for granted.

“Opposed to the guy that you see now, I feel like I’ve been through a lot. I’ve learned a lot. And I just feel like I appreciate the sport a lot more than used to. Having it be taken away from you and losing it.  It teaches you how much it means to you.”

The former UFC champion admitted that he was extremely sad without the sport and took it to heart when he didn’t have it.

“And this sport does mean a lot to me. I was extremely sad without it. Now that I have the opportunity to be back here in the UFC. I feel like I will treat it with so much more respect.”

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Brock Lesnar Signs New WWE Deal, Putting Daniel Cormier Fight In Doubt

Daniel Cormier may end up fighting Jon Jones for a third time as a result.

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Brock Lesnar signs new deal with the WWE that could put his future in the UFC in some doubt.

Over the weekend at the UFC 230 pay-per-view event, Daniel Cormier was able to successfully retain his heavyweight title over Derrick Lewis. It’s been established that Cormier would like to make his next title defense against Lesnar at the UFC 233 event.

However, Dave Meltzer of MMA Fighting is reporting that this fight is now in jeopardy after Lesnar “secretly” signed a new deal with the WWE. The reason for this was due to WWE’s top star, Roman Reigns, being put on the sidelines. He is currently battling leukemia.

Reigns was the Universal Champion but due to his illness, had to vacate it. Then, Lesnar beat Braun Strowman at the WWE Crown Jewel event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to win the title.

According to the report, this deal does allow Lesnar to fight in the UFC. But with such big money being given to him by the WWE, it puts his future in the UFC in doubt. Also, with Cormier saying he wants to retire by March, a fight against Lesnar seems less likely now due to his recent defense.

“Lesnar agreed secretly to the new deal, and won the pro wrestling championship again. The new deal is for multiple shows. But its length of time has been kept secretive. But it is known that Lesnar is scheduled as late as April of next year for WrestleMania.”

Other Plans That Doesn’t Involve Brock Lesnar

Cormier has gone back and forth on his stance about the third fight with Jon Jones. At first, he said that he would consider going down to light heavyweight to fight him again. However, he backtracked from that talk after beating Lewis.

If Jones can get past Alexander Gustafsson in their UFC 232 light heavyweight rematch then it could get interesting. With Lesnar potentially not being an option next year for Cormier, Jones might be the last fight of DC’s career.

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Alexander Gustafsson Responds To Jon Jones Presser Shove

Alexander Gustafsson responds to Jon Jones shoving him at the UFC 232 pre-fight press conference this past weekend.

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Things got a little testy between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson last weekend.

Jones and Gustafsson participated in a pre-fight press conference for their scheduled UFC 232 clash. The longtime rivals will main event the pay-per-view (PPV) from Las Vegas, Nevada on December 29th. After fielding questions from the media, Jones and Gustafsson squared off for a staredown.

After UFC President Dana White left the area, Jones and Gustafsson faced the media for pictures. However, Jones and Gustafsson began to battle for front position, before Jones turned to shove “The Mauler.” Dana White jumped in quickly to separate the men, who didn’t take it further than that.

In fact, Gustafsson let off a little smile after Jones shoved him. Speaking to Luke Thomas on “The MMA Hour” recently, Gustafsson said that he wasn’t impressed by Jones’ power after being shoved (via MMA Fighting):

“I don’t know [why he shoved me]. He just did that, and the only thing I noticed was that I wasn’t impressed by his power at all,” Gustafsson said.

“We had some fun up there, and the 29th of December, we’re going to give all the fans a really good show, even better than the first one, I can promise you that. I’m excited and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve never been this motivated before.”

Jones and Gustafsson battled it out to a razor close decision back in 2013. With how close the fight was, Jones claims he didn’t train seriously for the contest, and still won via unanimous decision. Gustafsson hopes Jones brings his A-game this time around because he doesn’t want to hear any excuses when it’s all said and done:

“Whatever Jon comes with — he says he didn’t train for the first fight, whatever, I don’t care — I really hope he brings his A-game,” Gustafsson said.

“I really hope he brings his best to the table, because I’m getting ready for the best. I’m getting ready for Jon’s A-game. I don’t want to hear any excuses after I beat him.”

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