No longer ‘ducking’ – Jones vs. Gustafsson 2 set for September 27
After a more than month long game of cat and mouse the long-awaited rematch between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and number one contender, Alexander Gustafsson is set. The UFC has announced a date of September 27 for the second meeting between the two fighters who arguably had the Fight of the Year in 2013.
Jones narrowly won a decision in the first pairing, a decision that many fans and critics were upset about.
It was believed that Jones was ducking a rematch with Gus after not signing a contract agreeing to the fight even after pressure was put on the champion by not only Gustafsson himself, but fans, and even UFC President Dana White.
Last week Jones said that he had already beaten the Swede and wanted to fight another top contender in Olympic wrestler and undefeated mixed martial artist Daniel Cormier.
The air was cleared last night when Jones said, “There was never an issue with a contract. I was traveling and finally got to Vegas and got to talk with Dana and Lorezno. We talked and September 27th, I’ll be fighting Gustafsson.”
“I think Cormier is the tougher fighter, but the fans want to see me fight Gustafsson. There was never an issue with taking the Gustafsson fight,” Jones said. “The issue was that my brother is getting married in July and I would have preferred a later date. I didn’t want to go this early and i would have preferred to go later in October or November. It is what it is. We have a date now, Sept 27th. This was a personal decision for me. I will be at my brother’s wedding and have a proper training camp.”
“Obviously Jon is right, this if the fight the fans want to see. The great thing about this is, we get Jones vs Gustaffson, and if Jones beast Gustafsson, we get Jones vs Cormier. Two great fights in the light heavyweight division with three of the baddest guys in the world: the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world and champion Jon Jones, and the number one and two contenders,” UFC President Dana White commented.