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Alexander Gustafsson claims he'll knock Jon Jones out in round four at UFC 232

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Alexander Gustafsson has been campaigning for a big-name opponent since May 2017, following his KO win over Glover Teixeira in Stockholm, Sweden.

He tried and failed to secure a bout against heavyweight king Daniel Cormier, with DC jumping up in weight to defeat Stipe Miocic after successfully defending his former light heavyweight crown against Volkan Oezdemir.

UFC 232

Ever since it was confirmed that Cormier would be staying in the heavyweight division with his next title defence coming up against Derrick Lewis, The Mauler had switched his attention to former foe, Jon Jones.

Following the news of his return to action, it was confirmed that the highly anticipated rematch between Jones and Gustafsson will be taking place at UFC 232 with the light heavyweight championship on the line on the same night Cris Cyborg takes on Amanda Nunes in a champion vs. champion clash.

The back and forth verbal banter has been entertaining on social media, and now Gustafsson has taken it up a notch by offering a fiery prediction of what will happen when the two meet in Nevada.

Initially, Bones claimed that he didn't train very hard for their first encounter - a memorable fight which he won.

He said: "I didn’t train very hard for that fight, I’m not making excuses, but this is just the truth.

UFC 214  Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones

"I could have given it a lot more effort. I got fatigued after the first two rounds, which is something that never normally happens in my fights. So I feel like the next time I fight him, I will finish him.”

ROUND FOUR

When speaking to MMYNytt, Gustafsson claimed that he's going to knock Jones out in the fourth round when his head bounces off the canvas.

According to Bloody Elbow, he said: "I don’t have the same respect for Jones as I did five years ago.

“I’ll knock him out in the fourth,” he said. “Jon Jones’ head will bounce off the canvas in the fourth round.”

Opinion has always been split following their first fight, with some claiming the Swede did enough to snatch a victory.

UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson v Teixeira

With their trash talk going up a level now, the excitement will only be even higher following Jones' return which just so happens to be against one of his toughest challenges ever.

What do you make of Alexander Gustafsson's KO claim? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.

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