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Home-cage advantage for Alexander Gustafsson in Sweden? Super Bowl Saturday in Las Vegas? How about Vegas in general? Those spots are all in play to hold a potential rematch between reigning UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones (pictured) and Gustafsson.
While UFC president Dana White will not confirm an immediate sequel between Jones and Gustafsson following Saturday’s controversial instant classic, which saw Jones retaining his throne via unanimous decision, there are certain locations that simply make sense to host Part II if it comes to fruition.
“We don’t know,” White stated at the UFC 165 post-fight press conference. “We’ve got to wait a few weeks and see how this thing plays out and what we want to do. But, it wouldn’t be like we couldn’t do it in Sweden. I’d be pretty great to do the fight there. I love it there.
“But Vegas is never bad, either. Or, if the timing went right in this fight, it could be a Super Bowl [Saturday] fight, too.”
White said the primary roadblock in arranging an instant rematch would be the health of the 205-pounders, who were immediately taken to the hospital after their 25-minute shootout. However, MMAJunkie.com reported both fighters were released after being cleared of any major injuries.
The UFC has taken its talents to Sweden on two occasions, with both events going down in Stockholm’s Ericsson Globe Arena. With Gustafsson’s stock soaring at an all-time high, it’s understandable why they would want to put “The Mauler” in front of his hometown peeps.
However, it wouldn’t exactly be a fair more to Jones, who just became the UFC’s most decorated light heavyweight champion by posting his sixth consecutive title defense. It would also mark Jones’ fourth out-of-US fight in six outings.
Super Bowl Saturday certainly makes sense from a timing standpoint. The February 1 fight date gives each athlete ample time to recover, prepare and tinker with their strategies.
In addition, the UFC is notorious for hosting blockbusters in Vegas the day before the biggest pigskin game of the year.
Sorry, Glover Teixeira. My spidey senses are telling me you might be on the outside looking in right now.
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A bloody Jon Jones won a unanimous decision against hard-charging Alexander Gustafsson to retain his light-heavyweight title at UFC 165 on Saturday night.
Jones (19-1) won with his closest margin with the judges scoring the five-round fight 48-47, 48-47 and 49-46.
Gustafsson (15-2) gave a remarkable effort, getting the best of the early rounds before hanging on in the fourth and...
Los Angeles Local News, Weather, and Traffic Jon Jones is among the best pound-for-pound fighters in MMA, if not the best. He is looking to defend his UFC light heavyweight championship for the sixth straight time when he faces Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 on Saturday night. Jones is 18-1 and has only lost by […]
UFC 165 featured what could arguably considered one of the greatest light-heavyweight title fight of all time. It was a 5-round battle of attrition and determination, ending in the defending champion walking out of the octagon with his title wrapped securely around his waist.
Neither Jones nor Gustafsson took part in the post-fight press conference as they were immediately sent...
Earlier this month, boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather said his “The Money Team” wants to hop aboard the mixed martial arts bandwagon by managing fighters.
UFC president Dana White (pictured), who would be dealing directly with boxing’s biggest draw in contract negotiations if that came to fruition, states he’d welcome Mayweather with open arms into the world of MMA.
I want a rematch, I know that much. Some thought Gus won the fight decisvely, I had rounds 2, 4 and 5 for Jones, but that’s because I’m buying into the lame UFC scoring (I thought leg kicks didn’t win fights?). As much as I’d like to see Jones take on all comers with him fighting Glover Teixeira next, I would also be completely fine with Jones fighting Gustafsson again.
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Main Card Weight class Method Round Time Notes Light Heavyweight Jon Jones (c) def. Alexander Gustafsson Decision (unanimous) (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) 5 5:00 [a] Bantamweight Renan Barão (ic) def. Eddie Wineland TKO (spinning back kick and punches) 2 0:26 [b] Heavyweight Brendan Schaub def. Matt Mitrione Technical Submission (d’arce choke) 1 4:06 Middleweight Francis Carmont def. Costa […]
The scoring of the UFC 165 main event fight between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson has been under the microscope since Jones was announced as the unanimous decision winner, giving him a record sixth UFC light-heavyweight championship title defense. Until now though, only the total scores have been public.
On Monday morning, Richard Hustwick of Ontario's Office of the Athletics...
You can check out the post-fight interviews with Jon Jones (19-1, pictured), Alexander Gustafsson (15-2) and Renan Barao (31-1 (1nc)) in the videos below, following their fights from UFC 165. Jon Jones & Alexander Gustafsson Renan Barao
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Jon ‘Bones’ Jones, successfully defended his title over the weekend at UFC 165 and earned another big pay day. According to his brother, Arthur Jones, Jon makes more than him and their other brother Chandler combined.
@supernorms @JonnyBones @RosenhausSports @Chan95Jones @malkikawa I'm telling you he makes more then me and @Chan95Jones...
(Photo Credit: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) UFC President Dana White has been touring with current UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva to beginning promoting their highly anticipated rematch at UFC 168 December 28 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. White has all ready called the rematch between Weidman and Silva […]