Jon Jones is set to make his return to the Octagon.
He will do so in a Light Heavyweight clash with former perennial contender Alexander Gustafsson. The two men will face off in a rematch from their legendary title bout at UFC 165. The bout is set to take place at UFC 232 at the end of 2018. It is unclear at this time if this bout will be for a vacant UFC Light Heavyweight title as Daniel Cormier has eluded to.
Jon Jones (22-1, 1 NC) defended his Light Heavyweight championship at UFC 165 against Gustafsson in their first meeting, a bout that went to the judges decision that many fans and sports members to this day contest the final result. Jones won the bout via a unanimous judges decision (48–47, 48–47, 49–46). Jones will be returning from a 15-month suspension following a positive drug test from USADA back in July of 2017.
Gustafsson (18-4, 10-4 in UFC) last competed at UFC Fight Night 109 in the main event against fellow former title challenger Glover Teixeira. Gustafsson won the bout via fifth round knockout after putting on a striking clinic against the slower opposition in his Brazilian foe. His lone three losses in the last eight years come against Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson. All bouts were either championship bouts or five-round fights.
UFC 232 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada on December 29 and will stream live on pay per view. The card will also feature a women’s superfight between women’s Featherweight champion Cris Cyborg and women’s UFC Bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. The rest of the card is as follows: