Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson announced for UFC 165

Light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones’s next title defense has been announced, and he will be fighting one of the hottest fighters in the world in Alexander Gustafsson. Fans have been clamoring for a fight between these two young elite fighters for a while now, and finally it is going to happen.

The UFC has long since relied on its light heavyweight division to produce large pay per view draws, but its first bumper crop of fighters is starting to age out of the sport. Fighters like Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin and Quentin “Rampage” Jackson have all retired or moved on in the twilight of their careers. This fight may be the first mega fight between the new generation of light heavyweights that have trained in MMA for a long period of time instead of transitioning from other sports.

Jones and Gustafsson are ranked first and third in the world MMA divisional rankings, according to MMA Weekly, but other young guns Glover Texiara, Ryan Bader, and Phil Davis all lurk near the top of this stacked division. Many of these fighters have already been defeated by Jones or still feel they need another test or two before challenging for the belt. Seeing as Jones is seeking to make his record sixth straight title defense in the light heavyweight division (which would surpass Tito Ortiz for the most all time) this might be the last time we see Jones fight another light heavyweight for a while, despite the rising talent.  Jones has long since talked about a move up to heavyweight or a potential super fight with Anderson “The Spider” Silva.

UFC 165 will be held in Canada, a place where Jones has fought and won twice by submission. The folks over at Bleacher Report also point out that this is the first fight announced for UFC 165 so we can expect a strong main card in order to capitalize on the big headliner. As per usual, it is important to not get too excited yet about his bout as injuries have ravaged the UFC as of late. In fact, that is one of the contributing factors to Gustafsson getting his title shot. Jones has so far dominated every opponent he faces, but this is the first time he has fought one of the “new guys” since getting to the top and this passing of the guard may be his biggest challenge yet.

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