Jon Jones beat Swedish fighter Alexander Gustafsson this past Saturday (29/12) to crown himself the new UFC light-heavyweight champion.
In a repeat of the UFC 165 epic from 2013, which was recorded as one of the greatest fights in UFC history, the pair faced off with the light-heavyweight title on the line.
Just like in the previous fight, it was Jones who came out with the victory, this time earning himself a third-round TKO rather than the five-round decision he needed at UFC 165.
The Swede finally got the chance to undo the split decision from five years ago, but the American Jones was too good on the night.
The build-up of the fight was mired by a failed drugs test for Jones which stemmed from left over substance following a 2017 ban.
The fight was subsequently moved from Nevada to Inglewood to allow a full investigation to take place in time.
The investigation determined the "pulsing" effect allowed some of the banned drug to lurk in his system over this sustained period and concluded that Jones was good to fight.
Despite the controversy, the two fighters displayed ultimate respect for each other in the build-up, and a UFC produced video after the fight caught an interaction between the two.
Jon Jones: “I know you’re not going anywhere.”
Alexander Gustafsson: “No, I’m not going f*cking anywhere. You were great. You’re the best in the world.”
Jon Jones: “Thanks man. You’re a bad man.”
The previous belt holder Daniel Cormier was promoted to the heavyweight division which is what led to him having to watch the bout from outside the Octagon.
A day prior to the fight, Cormier finally conceded the belt, stating: "I'd rather walk away this way than have the history books say I was stripped."
The drama of the belt changing hands only added to the build-up to the fight.
Already a hotly awaited bout after the drama of UFC 165, the pair had been due to rematch in 2014 before an injury to Gustafsson prevented it happening at UFC 178.
Jones takes the title into 2019 and already plans to continue his domination of the weight category by attempting to set up a fight with third ranked light-heavyweight Anthony Walker.News Now - Sport News