Jon Jones meets Swedish 'Mauler' Gustafsson at UFC 165
Jon Jones will defend his UFC light heavyweight title against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165
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Ask and you shall receive. Such is the case for Swedish born UFC light heavyweight Alexander "The Mauler" Gustafsson who has long campaigned for a crack at divisional ruler Jon "Bones" Jones. Now, as confirmed by UFC president Dana White, Gustafsson will meet Jones in a battle for 205 pound (93 kg) supremacy at UFC 165.
Jones and Gustafsson have been after each other for a while now, with Jones holding the crown and Gustafsson representing the best up-and-comer, a man who hasn't suffered defeat in the past three years. Both fighters recently took to twitter in an exchange that many predicted would lead to a face-to-face confrontation in the Octagon.
“Its on @jonnybones cant wait to get in that cage with YOU!!!” wrote Gustafsson on May 27.
Jones then replied, "Fighting me is not good for your image @alexthemauler FYI.”
Gustafsson then took aim at Jones’ recent victories over former middleweights Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort.
“@jonnybones if you think of what is good for your image, maybe you should continue to fight this 185ers??” said Gustafsson.
With the two fighters on a collision course the UFC have pounced on the hype, booking Gustafsson and Jones in a headining match up at UFC 165.
Dana White made the initial announcement when he responded to a fan's tweet questioning if the bout will be scheduled for later in the year. UFC officials confirmed today that they will serve as the headline act on the pay-per-view event, which takes place on September 21 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
The fight will be the first for defending champion Jones since he suffered a horrific toe injury on April 27, where he defeated Chael Sonnen via TKO.
Gustafsson is coming off a victory over former UFC and PRIDE champion Maricio "Shogun" Rua in December of last year.
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