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Jon Jones picks more deserving opponent than Alexander Gustafsson

Jones snapped Teixeira's unbeaten streak (©GettyImages)
Jones snapped Teixeira's unbeaten streak (©GettyImages).

It was just a few weeks ago when UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones hadn't signed his bout agreement for a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson, as he wanted to fight Daniel Cormier.

Despite signing to face Gustafsson at UFC 178, Jones would still have preferred to meet 'DC' in the octagon.

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On the matter, Jones commented: "I would say Daniel Cormier has better accolades and has the better record. He's undefeated and he's beaten former world champions before. He is a world champion in the Strikeforce organization. So I would say Cormier.

"But, the light heavyweight champ said that his opinion wasn't the one that mattered most. I think the fans want to see me fight Alexander more and I think that's what's most important."

Split Decision

Jones and Gustafsson battled in a five-round thriller at UFC 165, where the champion won by a razor-thin split decision. Despite many people calling for the pair to meet in an immediate rematch, Jones said he already had commitments to face Glover Teixeira - who he waltzed past in February by unanimous decision.

After his first title shot, 'The Mauler' got back to winning ways when he finished the then undefeated Jimi Manuwa in February. After the fight, both Gustafsson and the UFC were keen to make the rematch, although 'Bones' stalled on signing the bout agreement.

Rematch

Once the UFC and the Light Heavyweight champion had a meeting, they ironed out their differences to make the fight. The epic rematch will take place on September 27th in Toronto, Canada.

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