Jones Jones and Alexander Gustafsson are about to fight for the UFC light heavyweight title in UFC 232. Their rematch has been five years in the making as they fought in what is regarded as one of the best UFC fights of all time and fans have been begging for a rematch ever since. They were scheduled to fight in September of 2014 but Gustafsson had an unfortunate injury that sidelined him for the rematch. Jones and Gustafsson are scheduled to fight at UFC 232 on December 29th in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena and they will be battling for the UFC light heavyweight title. Jones won their first matchup via unanimous decision back in September 2013 where Gustafsson was brought Jones to the brink of defeat.
Jones had a rough few years between 2015 and 2017. There was a hit and run incident in October 2015 where Jones was stripped of his UFC title. Jones also tested positive for banned substances two separate times, one in July 2016 and the other in August 2017. These two drug tests have encouraged critics to question Jones and his credibility in UFC as well as his overall legacy where he is regarded as one of the best fighters in history. Gustafsson has gone on record to say that he does not respect Jones as much as he did five years ago.
“I would say that those would be people looking for an excuse not to give it to me, not to give credit where it’s due,” Jones said in response when speaking on the Jackson-Wink podcast (as transcribed by Damon Martin). “In both situations, whatever was in me chemically was proven scientifically that the amounts were so small that there was no way possible to affect my performance in a positive or a negative way. The two times where I’ve failed drug tests for performance enhancers, it’s been so small that it can’t affect your performance.”
Jones does have a few points to the critics by proving the banned substances that were found in his blood were incredibly small that they could not have done anything to his performance. Jones blamed the first failed drug test on a male enhancement pill. Jones and his team ordered the pills again and found substances that were not supposed to be present in the pills and they were such small amounts that medically it could not have affected his body and performance.
For the second positive test, Jones and his team are not sure how the banned substance ended up in his body. Jones compared the amount of steroids that were in his body after his second positive test to a ‘pinch of salt in an olympic swimming pool’. That claim may be a bit of an exaggeration but the amount of steroids in his system would have made no difference in his fight against Daniel Cormier back in 2017.
“For anybody who’s saying, ‘Well, he must have been cheating,’ it’s like, okay, after what I just said, if you still want to call me a cheater, then you just don’t want to admit that I’m f**king pretty good at this,” Jones said.
Jones has something to prove at UFC 232, he wants to show the world that both positive drug tests were flukes and that he is still one of the greatest fighters in the history of UFC. Jones is still going to be known as one of the greatest fighters in the history of the UFC regardless of what happens on December 29th against Gustafsson. Gustafsson wants to avenge his loss against Jones and claim his first UFC title. Jones will be going up against a motivated Gustafsson as well as all of his doubters and naysayers that want to see him fail after all of his controversies. UFC 232 will certainly be a fight to remember so make sure that you tune in on December 29th to watch these two warriors go at it.