Well, it looks like another high-profile Jon Jones fight has nearly fallen through once again. UFC 232 has been moved from Vegas to California to accommodate another flagged test from Jon Jones. However, according to the UFC and USADA, this all stems from Jones’ previous violation and is only the lingering effects.
Jones’ longtime rival and opponent for 232, Mr. Alexander Gustafsson, has responded to Jones’ flagged test via Twitter just now and he believes it relates to Jon’s recent refusal to undergo enhanced VADA testing for this bout.
— Alexander Gustafsson (@AlexTheMauler) December 24, 2018
“Now we all understand why u didn’t take the Wada test! U can be on rocket fuel,, I’ll still gonna finish u Jon!” Gustafsson said to Jones via Twitter.
Regardless of your stance on the UFC and USADA’s decision to move the fight to California, you have to respect Gustafsson’s decision here to stay in the fight as many other fighters would probably pull out after this controversy, especially given Jones’ history of failed tests.
This fight has been a long time coming for Gustaffson, however, and many feel he should’ve got the nod in that first fight. As Gustafsson referenced in his Twitter post, Jones recently refused to undergo enhanced VADA testing for this bout which really looks suspicious now after news of this failed test.
With this bout and the entire card now being contested in California, let’s just hope nothing else comes up until then and this fight, which is 5 years in the making, actually goes down and we see these two finally settle their score.
UFC 232 takes place on Saturday, Dec 29, 2018, now from The Forum in Inglewood, California. The card is headlined by the aforementioned Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson rematch for the vacant light heavyweight title. Also co-headlining the card is another title fight for the women’s featherweight title contested between reigning 145 champion Cris Cyborg who’s taking on bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes.