Jon ‘Bones’ Jones successfully reclaimed the light heavyweight title after a lengthy absence with a defeat over Swedish Alexander Gustafsson Sunday morning.
Jones came into the fight amidst media scrutiny over a failed drug test that forced the bout be relocated from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. He survived all the talk—and in the ring, proved why some consider him the greatest UFC fighter of all time.
The Swede started on a high note, throwing elbows and punches that left Jones defending more than he attacked. In the third round, the American took control of the fight. He took his opponent down, rained elbows and punches on him until referee Mike Beltran ended the bout as a TKO.
Sunday’s UFC 232 fight was a rematch of the famous 2013 bout in which Jones won. This time round, both opponent entered the ring after long periods without action. But at the end of the fight, the favorite to win emerged victorious.
After the win, Jones was quick to call out his long-term rival Daniel Cormier for a fight, including mocking him for relinquishing the title.
“I know there is a guy who has been calling himself Champ Champ,” Jones said with roars from the crowd. “I mean, what guy just gives up his belt because somebody else made it home? Daddy’s home, DC” he added.