It’s only been a few days since Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson engaged in one of the best fights in recent memory, and fans now know that the UFC light-heavyweight champ has requested to fight Glover Teixeira next. Depending on whether you were hoping to see Jones-Gustafsson II right away, or Teixeira finally get his shot, “Bones'” decision may or may not sit too well with you. Then again, maybe both scraps sound just fine.
While Jones has said he will rematch Gustafsson after he fights Teixeira, and that their UFC 165 scrap is a “blemish” on his record, he has no doubt that he actually won the tilt. Before the UFC confirmed that it was targeting Jones-Teixeira next, commentator Ariel Helwani reported the following on the latest edition of “UFC Tonight.”
“He told me he did not break his foot. It’s just a deep bruise and he should be good to go in a few weeks. Right after the fight he thought the most-fair thing to do was to grant Alexander Gustafsson a rematch. Now, after watching the fight over ten more (times), Jones thinks he decisively won rounds two, four and five and that he decisively won the fight, so the most-fair thing to do is to move on.”
Decisively huh? It would be interesting to see how many fans and pundits agree, even if most seem to believe Jones indeed took rounds two, four and five. At any rate, now it will be fascinating to see if Teixeira can match the narrative that views him as a legitimate threat to Jones. Gustafsson clearly did so and then some.
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