Alexander Gustafsson Continues To Make Case For Jon Jones Rematch

Alexander Gustafsson is not giving up on trying to make it happen.

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Alexander Gustafsson continues to pitch his case as to why he should be next in line for a rematch against Jon Jones.

First Fight

Jones successfully retained his light heavyweight title over Gustafsson back at UFC 165 in 2013 by decision. It was a close war that saw both men have their moments and one of the best fights in the history of the promotion. Some fight fans could even argue that the former title contender may have won the fight.

Alexander Gustafsson Continues To Make Case

With the UFC needing big fights these days, the former title contender pitched his case for fighting Jones again earlier this week. Then over the weekend, he pitched his case for the second time. Despite the fact that UFC President Dana White has gone on record by stating that Jones won’t fight at UFC 230, there is still speculation that he’ll headline the card with no obvious main events out there. Gustafsson wrote the following on his official Instagram account:

“Who would u fight if not me champ [Jon Jones]. That’s the only fight that makes sense right now! Why wait let’s do it.. let me beat u one more time.”

The UFC 230 pay-per-view event is set to take place on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, New York City with the main card airing on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass. Here is how the card looks as of now:

Nate Diaz vs. Dustin Poirier
David Branch vs. Ronaldo Souza
Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman
Israel Adesanya vs. Derek Brunson
Sultan Aliev vs. Lyman Good
Matt Frevola vs. Lando Vannata
Brian Kelleher vs. Domingo Pilarte
Karl Roberson vs. Jack Marshman
Shane Burgos vs. Kurt Holobaugh
Julio Arce vs. Sheymon Moraes
Jason Knight vs. Jordan Rinaldi

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Alexander Gustafsson Pitches Jon Jones Rematch For UFC Title

Gustafsson has made his case for fighting Jones again.

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Alexander Gustafsson pitches a rematch against Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title, a fight that fans have long been interested in watching.

Gustafsson was supposed to fight former title contender Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 227 pay-per-view event. But that fight got nixed after the former title contender pulled out of the bout due to injury.

This led Gustafsson waiting to see if the promotion could find him a suitable replacement, but he then suffered a minor injury. It was one of a few setbacks for a fighter who is just looking to build any momentum in the past few years.

Since losing to UFC light heavyweight champion Cormier at the UFC 192 pay-per-view event, he has won back-to-back fights as he scored a unanimous decision victory over Jan Blachowicz and knocking out Glover Teixeira.

Classic First Fight

There is some history between these two fighters as Jones successfully retained his light heavyweight title over Gustafsson back at UFC 165 in 2013 by decision. It was a close war that saw both men have their moments and one of the best fights in the history of the promotion. Some fight fans could even argue that the former title contender may have won the fight.

So much so that the talk of a rematch was real enough that it would’ve probably been made if Jones didn’t have personal and legal issues since that fight. Now that Jones is cleared to fight once late October rolls around, he is allowed to fight again. With the UFC needing big fights these days, the former title contender pitched his case for fighting Jones again with the light heavyweight title on the line. This is if Daniel Cormier vacates his title.

“Congratulations @jonnybones I’m really glad u are back!” Gustafsson wrote Thursday on Instagram. “@dc_mma is aiming for Brock… so let’s give the fans another legendary fight for the belt.”

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Alexander Gustafsson Calls For Jon Jones Rematch With Title On Line

Jon Jones’ eligibility date to return to mixed martial arts (MMA) is nearing. With Daniel Cormier tied up in a heavyweight feud with Brock Lesnar, Jones has some options to consider. Alexander Gustafsson has thrown his name into the hat. Gustafss…

Jon Jones’ eligibility date to return to mixed martial arts (MMA) is nearing. With Daniel Cormier tied up in a heavyweight feud with Brock Lesnar, Jones has some options to consider. Alexander Gustafsson has thrown his name into the hat. Gustafsson took to Instagram and congratulated Jones on his United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) suspension […]

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Neutral Arbitrator Hands Jon Jones Additional Punishment

Neutral Arbitrator Hands Jon Jones Additional Punishment upon return.

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A neutral arbitrator has handed Jon Jones an additional punishment. Now the former two-time light heavyweight champion must do three months of community service in addition to the 15-month suspension he received yesterday.

The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) executive director Andy Foster told MMAjunkie that the commission expected an 18-month term. Foster called the punishment “agreeable, in concept” but added the community service to close the gap.

Its unclear at this time when Jones will need to complete his community service by, Foster added.

CSAC’s Initial Ruling

Jones went before the CSAC in Febuarary to answer for his failed drug test at UFC 214 in Anaheim, Califonia. Jones repeatedly claimed that he didn’t knowingly take an oral steroid despite it being found in his system.

But he didn’t dispute the commission’s findings, either. Despite Jones’ best efforts, the commission ruled to revoked his fight license, fined him $205,000, and overturned his win against Cormier. He was stripped of the title for the second time.

Foster added that Jones could re-apply for a new fight license when a concurrent case with USADA concluded.

Considering Jones was looking at a maximum of a four-year suspension for his second anti-doping violation from USADA, a 15-month suspension feels like a massive victory for “Bones” and his team.

Interestingly enough, before Jones headed into arbitration, USADA agreed to reduce his suspension by 30 months in exchange for “substantial assistance” in other potential anti-doping cases that lead to prosecution.

‘Bones’ Can Return Soon

So what all this means is that Jones is essentially free to fight. If you combine the 30-month ‘discount’ he got with another clause for a reduction based on his degree of fault; he now faces a 15-month suspension retroactive to the July 28 date he tested positive.

“The independent arbitrator found that Jon Jones was not intentionally cheating in this case, and while we thought 18 months was the appropriate sanction given the other circumstances of the case, we respect the arbitrator’s decision and believe that justice was served,” USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart said in a statement.

Jones’ suspension officially expires Oct. 28, 2018.

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Dana White Calls Jon Jones Greatest Fighter To Ever Step Into The Octagon

UFC President Dana White thinks Jon Jones is the greatest fighter to have ever stepped into the Octagon. Jones is a former 205-pound champion, who has only ever lost the title by having it stripped from him due to issues outside the cage. The sole loss…

UFC President Dana White thinks Jon Jones is the greatest fighter to have ever stepped into the Octagon. Jones is a former 205-pound champion, who has only ever lost the title by having it stripped from him due to issues outside the cage. The sole loss on his record came by way of controversial disqualification, […]

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Who Should Jon Jones Fight In His Return To The UFC?

USADA announced on Wednesday that former UFC light light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has seen a big reduction in his suspension for testing positive for banned substances after UFC 214. As a second-time offender of the USADA program, Jones could hav…

USADA announced on Wednesday that former UFC light light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has seen a big reduction in his suspension for testing positive for banned substances after UFC 214. As a second-time offender of the USADA program, Jones could have received a 48-month suspension, but an independent arbitrator reviewed the case and reduced the […]

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