Jon Jones will return to fighting in December to face Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch of one of the best fights in UFC history.
The pair will headline UFC 232 for the UFC light heavyweight championship, which is currently owned by Daniel Cormier. According to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, Cormier will remain champion until the moment Jones vs Gustafsson II begins, at which point he’ll be stripped and the victor will walk out as the title holder.
Breaking: Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson 2 is set for UFC 232 on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas. More: pic.twitter.com/sB49isFzFZ
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 10, 2018
It will see Jones return from his latest suspension and controversy, after being given a 15 month suspension by UFC anti-doping partner USADA for a failed drugs test at UFC 214.
Jones and Gustafsson first met in 2013, where the Swedish challenger proved to be Jones’ toughest career challenge. The pair engaged in a five round war of attrition, with Jones emerging victorious. Ever since that day, a rematch has long been considered one of the most anticipated fights the UFC could host, although Jones repeated personal issues and Gustafsson’s injuries have proved roadblocks ever since.
Now, however, on December 29 in Las Vegas, they’ll finally meet again.