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Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson Booked for UFC 165, September 21st in Toronto


(Gustafsson and Jones, both trying to hide their excitement about meeting Bob Sapp. Photo via @AlexTheMauler)

It’s official: UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones will attempt to defend his title for a record-breaking sixth time against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165, September 21st in Toronto, Ontario.

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.

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BaghdadBob- June 14, 2013 at 4:59 am
Hmmm, let's see. (1) Jones gets the take down, (2) Jones drops some elbows from inside Gust's guard, (3) Jones wins by TKO. Snooze.
Pen Fifteen- June 13, 2013 at 9:41 pm
@Mr_M
I've been saying the same thing about The Weedman. Is it too much to ask that a guy beat another relevant contender or common opponent to the champ to get a title shot?
DARKHORSE06- June 13, 2013 at 9:16 pm
I see Bones winning against Velasquez / Bigfoot / JDS / Hendo…Ando Silva....anybody. The dudes indestructible.
I wouldn't mind seeing a two one one with him against Forest and Steaphanie Narcotics. I see that ending in a TKO in his favor.
Mr_Misanthropy- June 13, 2013 at 9:12 pm
@ Pen15

What's this about Chris Weedman?
Pen Fifteen- June 13, 2013 at 9:05 pm
What is Gustaffson's "shot"? He barely squeezed a decision out of a shot fighter in Shogun, the same Shogun Jones killed 2 years ago, and he still hasn't done anything to show me his submission loss to Phil Davis is behind him. This is a dumb fight, a six fight winning streak is meaningless when you've been crushing nothing but mid-level opponents.
Mr_Misanthropy- June 13, 2013 at 5:41 pm
Let them fight just as soon as they settle this old school dance off to Eastern European techno during the foam party at the nightclub where this picture was taken.
mookiestick- June 13, 2013 at 5:21 pm
I don't think gus has a chance. I'm not even excited for this fight.
drainplugofideas- June 13, 2013 at 3:31 pm
Good fight. I think this is the first challenger with a shot at dethroning Jones. I don't think it'll happen though, but he's for sure got a chance.
cman- June 13, 2013 at 2:25 pm
Why am I less excited about this than I should be?
I actually would be much happier if bones fought at HW. I am one of those who really likes having a dominant champ that you see as beatable, but not this one. Since he won the belt he became kinda boring to watch.
The12ozCurls- June 13, 2013 at 2:14 pm
My prediction?
PAIN!
dipsetkilla316- June 13, 2013 at 1:48 pm
OMFG I can't fucking wait, but Gus is gonna loss even thought I want him to win
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