Jon Jones’ return to the Octagon has been set by the UFC and will see the former light heavyweight champion face one of his toughest challengers once more.
As first reported by Ariel Helwani, Jones will take on Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of UFC 232 on December 29th in a light heavyweight title bout.
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
Despite Daniel Cormier currently holding both the heavyweight and light heavyweight championships, it is understood the UFC will strip Cormier of his 205 lbs title once Jones and Gustafsson have competed.
Jones (22-1, 1 NC) was recently given the go-ahead for a return to competition from October 28th after failing his second drug test from the UFC’s testing partner USADA. Jones had tested positive for the steroid turinabol after the weigh-ins of UFC 214, an event where his knockout win over Cormier was subsequently overruled to a no contest.
Gustafsson (18-4) meanwhile has yet to step into the Octagon since a stunning knockout win over Glover Teixeira in May of last year. Gustafsson is currently on a two-fight winning streak in the light heavyweight division.
Jones and Gustafsson first met at UFC 165 with Jones emerging victorious via split-decision. Their five-round fight is widely considered to be one of the greatest fights in MMA history.
UFC 232 is currently scheduled to feature:
- Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson – light heavyweight title fight
- Cris Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes – women’s featherweight title fight
- Corey Anderson vs. Ilir Latifi
- Michael Chiesa vs. Carlos Condit
- Ryan Hall vs. B.J. Penn
- Arnold Allen vs. Gilbert Melendez