Jon Jones will rematch Alexander Gustafsson for the vacant light heavyweight title in the upcoming UFC 232 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, scheduled for Sat., Dec. 29, 2018 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
That’s according to a report from Ariel Helwani at ESPN.com, which also has reigning division kingpin and current heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier, getting stripped of his 205-pound strap just as soon as the first punch is thrown between “Bones” and “The Mauler.”
The first Jones-Gustafsson fight is widely considered one of the greatest light heavyweight title fights of all time; however, Jones’ career has been a veritable disaster in the years that followed and the longtime pound-for-pound great, now 30, has competed just four times during that span.
It’s kind of amazing that he competed at all when you factor in his felony arrest, along with a pair of drug-test suspensions, the latter of which overturned his Cormier win at UFC 214 and sidelined Jones until October 2018.
Gustafsson, meanwhile, also saw his share of ups and downs. After getting creamed by Anthony Johnson in early 2015, The 31 year-old “Mauler” lost a close decision to “DC” in a showdown for the light heavyweight title, then battled injuries that hampered his fight frequency.
Early predictions for this championship rematch?
UFC 232 will also feature the women’s featherweight title fight pitting reigning 145-pound champion, Cris Cyborg, against current bantamweight queenpin, Amanda Nunes (details), while Michael Chiesa makes his welterweight debut opposite longtime veteran Carlos Condit.
No better way to close out 2018.