The last time we saw Bones in the Octagon, he was trying not freak out about the destroyed toe he accidentally sustained during his UFC 159 whupping of Chael Sonnen. But luckily, the digit was simply dislocated, which has made a five-month turnaround between fights a possibility. By the way, this will be the third time in two years that Jones has competed at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto; he previously made belt-defenses against Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort at the venue.
As for Gustafsson, an ouchie of his own prevented “The Mauler” from facing Gegard Mousasi back in April, but Gustafsson’s six-fight win streak still makes him qualified for his crack at the belt. Fun fact: Despite being an inch taller than Jones, Gustafsson will still have to deal with an eight-inch reach disadvantage.
Yes, this blows apart our dream for an October double-title-fight mega-card in Cowboys Stadium — especially when you consider that GSP vs. Hendricks is likely going to happen in November now. I’m feeling super-bad for October at this point.
Anyway: Jones vs. Gustafsson — your predictions, please.