While Jon Jones is a lock for the UFC Hall of Fame to most some day, “Bones” believes he can make his way into the “Fight Wing” section as well.
In one of the most memorable bouts in UFC history, Jones and Alexander Gustafsson collided in the main event of UFC 165 back in Sept. 2013. Jones was tearing through the light heavyweight division with wins over the likes of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Rashad Evans, and others. At UFC 165, Jones had to overcome adversity to take a unanimous decision victory over Gustafsson in a back-and-forth war.
While their rematch wasn’t nearly as competitive, the first encounter between Jones and Gustafsson has its place in MMA history. That’s why Jones told MMAJunkie.com that he feels a spot in the UFC Hall of Fame “Fight Wing” section is inevitable:
“I think the Gustafsson fight could be ‘Hall of Fame’ worthy for sure. It was extremely entertaining. Both of us ended up in the hospital. A lot of people to this day think he won. That’s what makes it such a great fight. I’m definitely honored to have been in it. But I don’t look forward to having fights like that.
“I like to get out of the fights feeling good about my face and about my brain and things like that, so I don’t strive to have those type of wars, but I’m grateful that I did. Now I know that I’m capable of surviving that type of thing and coming out on top – pushing and leaving all of my heart out there. It’s a good feeling.”
Jones is scheduled to defend his UFC light heavyweight title against Thiago Santos in the main event of UFC 239 on July 6. Meanwhile, Gustafsson announced his retirement from MMA competition after suffering a submission loss to Anthony Smith.