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Manager: Gustafsson Could Totally Beat Juicy, Smelly Jones

While UFC 232: Jones vs. Gustafsson 2 was a commercial success, the main event didn’t live up to the first between the two light heavyweights. And I suppose in retrospect, how could it? Jon and Alex took each other to the absolute limit at UFC 165, with “Bones” digging deep and snatching the win from Gustafsson in the dying minutes of round five. UFC 232 saw Gustafsson hobbled by a groin injury in the first and finished in the third.

It’s just how the fight game goes. Who knows what would happen if we ran things back for a third fight? That’s the way Alexander Gustafsson’s manager is looking at things too. In a written interview with MMA Junkie, Nima Safapour discussed his client’s future.

“The plan is to come back stronger than ever,” Safapour wrote. “The fight was the fight. We still believe 100 percent that Alex can beat Jones. Just depends on the day. Anyone can win depending on the circumstances of the fight. It was not our day, but we will come back and get the title in due time either from Jon or whoever else is holding the title at that time. Expect to see ‘The Mauler’ back in action soon.”

As for Jon Jones’ strange pulsing steroid metabolite problem? Gustafsson wasn’t shy leading up to UFC 232 when asked if he thought Jones was cheating. “Yes, I do,” he said.

“We hold the same position about Jones as it relates to the doping controversy,” Safapour wrote. “Whatever he is doing, it smells terrible.”

Jones took to social media following news that he had passed several drug tests on the night of UFC 232, as if that somehow erased the controversy of multiple positive tests leading up to the event.

”Absolutely no jet fuel was found on the murder scene,” Jones said, referencing an earlier tweet from Gustafsson. “Alex, just wanted to make sure you saw this. Seemed like that was the only thing you could focus on in our last fight.”

Well yeah, it was just one of the strangest drug testing fiascos in UFC history that resulted in the event getting moved to a different state last minute. We’re not surprised Gus was focused on it.

Maybe their next fight will go down without all the distracting drama. And it could happen sooner than you’d think. UFC 235 should tell us whether Jones can sell as many pay-per-views without a legit challenger like Gustafsson across the cage. If he can’t, we could see a third fight between the two before the end of 2019.

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Alexander Gustafsson Calls for Matchup with Corey Anderson at UFC London on March 16

Alexander Gustafsson is looking for a quick turnaround following his loss to Jon Jones at UFC 232.
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Alexander Gustafsson Calls for Matchup with Corey Anderson at UFC London on March 16

Alexander Gustafsson is looking for a quick turnaround following his loss to Jon Jones at UFC 232.
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Alexander Gustafsson Mulls Move To Heavyweight In Wake of UFC 232 Loss

After coming up short in his third shot at the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight belt, Alexander Gustafsson may consider a change of scenery.
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Gustafsson The Heavyweight?

After coming up short in his bid to capture the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight title on three separate occasions, Alexander Gustafsson may be running out of opportunities to win the division strap.

Especially if Jon Jones decides to stick around the 205-pound division for the remainder of his career. But that doesn’t mean “The Mauler” is giving up on his championship dreams so easily.

“Yeah, it’s not over yet,” he said during the UFC 232 post-fight presser (via MMA Junkie). “Let’s see what’s next. Like always, you do this for a reason, and it’s to compete with the best guys out there, and that’s what I’ll do. I will do it as long as I think it’s fun.”

Being one of the biggest 205-pound fighters in the division, a move up to Heavyweight seems like a simple transition for the towering Swede. Banging with the big boys of the 265-pound weight class is something that could intrigue Gus into packing on a bit more weight in search for gold.

“Yeah, of course. The heavyweight division is also an alternative. I’m here to fight, either if it’s at light heavy or heavy. I have to talk to my coaches and see what’s next,” he concluded.

With division king Daniel Cormier — who also holds a championship win over Gustafsson — set to retire pretty soon, the weight class will be searching for a new man to lead the big men in 2019 and beyond.

That means a win or two up north could put Gus back into a title fight sooner, rather than later. If he does indeed choose to stay at 205-pounds, there are several fights he can still engage in.

Like this one.

If he reels off another impressive win streak, then perhaps the promotion will have no other choice but to book a trilogy fight between Gus and “Bones” should Jon still be the leader of the pack at that time.

After all, Jones isn’t opposed to fighting a guy a third time after stomping him out on two separate occasions.

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UFC 232 Results: Jon Jones and All His Chemicals Defeat Alexander Gustafsson

Probably the best thing about being Jon Jones isn’t all the physical gifts that have made him excel in the sport. Nor is it skill in the cage, which has come after countless hours of training in the gym. No, the best thing is the fact that he can take all sorts of drugs and get away with it.

Sure, he’s been penalized and suspended and all that jazz. But the fact of the matter is, UFC 232 was supposed to be in Las Vegas last night, but because Jones had steroids in his system, the UFC moved the event to Las Vegas because Jones wouldn’t have gotten licensed by the Nevada commission. That’s something right there, folks.

So Jones fought Alexander Gustafsson in the UFC 232 main event, and if you’ll recall, when they first fought, Gustafsson gave Jones his toughest fight ever. This one was pretty even for the first two rounds, all of it primarily contested on the feet. With Gustafsson wielding the same kind of lankiness, he was able to pick at his foe with strikes at distance, although Jones just kept chopping away at his legs with kicks.

Jones scored in the exchanges, nailing Gustafsson with a knee and a punch her and there, but the Swede kept him honest.

Then came Round 3, when Jones simply took him down, pounded on him, secured back-mount, and punched away. Gustafsson was pretty defenseless at that point, so the ref jumped in.

Once again Jones is the champ. And once again, we have to stare at the clock and wonder what drug test Jones is going to fail next.

UFC 232 Results: Jon Jones and All His Chemicals Defeat Alexander Gustafsson

Probably the best thing about being Jon Jones isn’t all the physical gifts that have made him excel in the sport. Nor is it skill in the cage, which has come after countless hours of training in the gym. No, the best thing is the fact that he can take all sorts of drugs and get away with it.

Sure, he’s been penalized and suspended and all that jazz. But the fact of the matter is, UFC 232 was supposed to be in Las Vegas last night, but because Jones had steroids in his system, the UFC moved the event to Las Vegas because Jones wouldn’t have gotten licensed by the Nevada commission. That’s something right there, folks.

So Jones fought Alexander Gustafsson in the UFC 232 main event, and if you’ll recall, when they first fought, Gustafsson gave Jones his toughest fight ever. This one was pretty even for the first two rounds, all of it primarily contested on the feet. With Gustafsson wielding the same kind of lankiness, he was able to pick at his foe with strikes at distance, although Jones just kept chopping away at his legs with kicks.

Jones scored in the exchanges, nailing Gustafsson with a knee and a punch her and there, but the Swede kept him honest.

Then came Round 3, when Jones simply took him down, pounded on him, secured back-mount, and punched away. Gustafsson was pretty defenseless at that point, so the ref jumped in.

Once again Jones is the champ. And once again, we have to stare at the clock and wonder what drug test Jones is going to fail next.

UFC 232 ‘Jones vs. Gustafsson 2’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

Sherdog’s live UFC 232 coverage kicks off Saturday at 6:15 p.m. ET.
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UFC 232 ‘Jones vs. Gustafsson 2’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

Sherdog’s live UFC 232 coverage kicks off Saturday at 6:15 p.m. ET.
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UFC 232 ‘Jones vs. Gustafsson 2’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

Sherdog’s live UFC 232 coverage kicks off Saturday at 6:15 p.m. ET.
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