As it became known last week, Jon Jones is in fact making his much anticipated return to the UFC next month.
Since the news broke of Jones coming back, MMA fans and experts are now wondering who his first opponent will be.
Well, you might not have to wonder for long as another foe of the former champion has been recently campaigning for another fight with him.
Ironically, this challenge just happens to be from the man who gave him his toughest fight ever, and nearly came within an eyelash of defeating him at UFC 165.
The man I’m referring to? Alexander Gustafsson.
Most recently,Gustafsson wrote a status on his Instagram in hopes of being of one of Jones first opponents upon his return.
In the status, Gustafsson expressed how he and Jones is the only fight at light heavyweight that makes sense for his return, but then questioned if not him, who else would make sense for him to fight presently at 205 pounds not named Daniel Cormier?
“Who would u fight if not me champ [Jon Jones]” the Swede said on Instagram. “That’s the only fight that makes sense right now! Why wait let’s do it.. let me beat u one more time.”
Then this past week, the Swedish superstar took to his Instagram once again and continued his pursuit of challenging Jones, this time insisting he step inside the octagon with him to give the fans another classic battle.
“Congratulations [Jon Jones] I’m really glad u are back,” Alexander Gustafsson said after Jones’ suspension was announced. “[Daniel Cormier] is aiming for Brock [Lesnar] .. so let’s give the fans another legendary fight for the belt.”
Unfortunately for ‘The Mauler’, Jones doesn’t seem to be too adamant or obliging towards his challenge.
Though it is not out of reach as far as this fight happening, Jones just seems to be more interested in other fights like Daniel Cormier, and getting a chance to regain the UFC light heavyweight championship.
Regardless of what his first fight back will be, we can all agree Jones is just happy to be fighting again as he expressed last week in an official statement made on his Instagram.
“It’s difficult to express myself at this moment but I can definitely say my heart is filled with gratitude and appreciation,” Jones said on Twitter after his suspension was announced. “I want to thank all of you who have stood by me during the toughest stretch of my life.”
“It has meant the world to me and always will. But now is the time to shift the focus front and center to the road ahead. Greatness is what I’m chasing and the path to reclaiming my throne is now officially open. Comeback Season begins now.”
Would you be interested in a rematch between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson?