Share 84 shares Daniel Cormier, who currently holds both the light-heavyweight and heavyweight belts, is to be stripped as soon as the bell rings for Jones and Gustafsson. The highly-anticipated rematch will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and features with another massive clash as Amanda Nunes takes on Cris Cyborg for the women's featherweight title. No doubt there will be a huge amount of interest in the end of year card. It can be legitimately argued that Jones is the greatest fighter the UFC has ever known, although 'Bones' frequently disappoints away from the cage. The youngest ever UFC champion has enjoyed incredible highs and self-inflicted lows.
Jones , 1 NC was able to block out all of the talk regarding his drug history to finish Alexander Gustafsson via third-round TKO in a rematch of their thrilling title classic.
Jones claimed the vacant pound title that was relinquished Thursday by heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. Daddy is home, DC. Come prove to the man that you are the 'Champ Champ. Come get your belt back. I'm here.
In his first fight since knocking out Cormier in their July rematch, only for the fight to be ruled a no contest after Jones failed a test for a banned steroid, Jones largely avoided the slugfest that was his decision win over Gustafsson in their first meeting.
In a fight that was much more tactical, Jones worked patiently from the outside to control distance while chipping away at Gustafsson with leg kicks and body shots to open up takedown attempts.
He landed very few punches in my face tonight. I really believe my team is the most dangerous team, especially when we get a rematch. But Jones would break through in a big way with a takedown in Round 3 that brought an end to the fight shortly after.
Can't get enough UFC? Subscribe to my podcast State of Combat with Brian Campbell where we break down everything you need to know in the Octagon. Jones patiently worked his magic on the ground and eventually took Gustafsson's back before reining down a series of brutal punches and short elbows from behind on his knees until referee Mike Beltran rescued the Swedish fighter at of Round 3.
We knew that and the idea was to get back to wrestling and get back to riding time and everything worked out. Cormier, who lost his first meeting with Jones by decision in , has been publicly critical of Jones, UFC and USADA for their handling of Jones, which included giving him a title shot in his first fight back after his suspension was reduced to 15 months from a possible years in October.
A trilogy bout between Jones and Cormier remains one of the biggest fights to make in the sport and the continuation of the most intense rivalry in UFC history. In July, Cormier moved up in weight to knock out Stipe Miocic and become just the sixth fighter to hold titles in two divisions and the second to do so simultaneously Amanda Nunes later joined that club in Saturday's co-main event.
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Jones denied ever knowingly taking the substance, and was vindicated when the United States Anti-Doping Agency Usada found he "was not intentionally cheating".