Alexander Gustafsson Looks Differently At His UFC 165 Light Heavyweight Title Fight Versus Jon Jones
Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson fought at UFC 165 on September 21, 2013. Almost everybody expected a swift victory for Jones. But the match turned into five rounds of bloody and battered war. Both fighters were throwing everything they had. “The Mauler” became the first man who took “Bones” down and slammed him with a spinning back elbow to the face.
Jones won the match via unanimous decision. But the difference on the judges’ scorecards wasn’t big at all (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)! Also, both fighters believe they won this showdown!
Jones confessed he should have taken the fight versus Alexander Gustafsson more seriously. He said that he hadn’t train hard at all. (via MMAFighting.com)
“The last time I fought Alexander Gustafsson, a lot of people — I remember the media saying, ‘You know, he’s a lot like Jon Jones. He’s tall, he’s lanky,’ and everything like that,” Jones said during the UFC 232 press conference in New York City. “I was hot, I was on a roll, and I just figured maybe he’s a lot like me but he’s not me. So I didn’t train as hard as I should have. I was winning so many fights and being a wild dude and I was still winning, and it caught up to me. It definitely caught up to me.”
Yet, Alexander Gustafsson has had enough. He snapped and interrupted his rival.
“Excuses,” interrupted Gustafsson. “All I hear is excuses. That’s all I hear. Nothing else. I beat you once, I can beat you again.”
Jon Jones then asked Gustafsson about his excuse.
“If my excuse was that I didn’t train hard enough, what’s your excuse for losing?” asked Jones.
But then, Gustafsson smiled and said something that would be remembered for a long time!
“That’s where you’re wrong,” responded Gustafsson. “I didn’t lose Jon. We all know that I didn’t lose.”
Fighters continued attacking each other. Jon Jones asked Gustafsson about his match versus Daniel Cormier at UFC 192. He also mentioned Phil Davis and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.
“Did you beat DC as well?” asked Jones. “We had a close fight, but did you get ripped off in the DC fight as well? You beat me but lost to DC? What about Anthony Johnson? What about Phil Davis? Did you beat him too? I’m just trying to give you a psychological evaluation.”
Gustafsson confessed he had been defeated via split decision to “DC”, but promised he would beat Jones.
“It was a split decision, I lost,” responded Gustafsson. “But I will beat you. Whatever it is, I still beat you.”
Alexander Gustafsson wants to prove that he can defeat “Bones”. It looks like he plans to start the main event of UFC 232 aggressively.
“I respected him too much the first fight,” said Gustafsson. “This fight, I’m not going to give him the respect I gave him the first time. I will push him and show the world I can beat the man that’s never been beaten before.”
Both fighters didn’t have a match for a long time. Alexander Gustafsson (18-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) defeated Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 109 on May 28, 2017. Jon Jones (22-1, 1 NC MMA, 16-1, 1 NC UFC) initially won Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 on July 29, 2017. Yet, the result was overturned when his samples were positive on Turinabol, an anabolic-androgenic steroid.
Impressive statements, no doubt about that! The two will face again at the main event of UFC 232 on December 29, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the UFC Light Heavyweight title. The rematch is expected to be a reprise of one of the best title fights ever. Do you think Alexander Gustafsson can put Jon Jones to sleep? Who is your favorite?