INGLEWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 29: Jon Jones celebrates his KO victory over Alexander Gustafsson of … [+]
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From all indications, Jon Jones’ second stint as the UFC light heavyweight champion when he knocked out Daniel Cormier via head kick at UFC 214. However, that win was later overturned and ruled a no contest after Jones failed a drug test related to the fight. With that drug test failure, the 205-pound title reverted to Cormier.
When Jones returned from his USADA suspension, he was booked to face Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of UFC 232. The fight was for the light heavyweight title, which Cormier, who was also the heavyweight titleholder, vacated that 205-pound title on the day of the UFC 232 card.
The bout was a rematch.
The first time Jones and Gustafsson matched up was UFC 165. That fight went five rounds with Jones scoring a unanimous decision. Many fans felt at the time that the matchup was the toughest bout of Jones’ career. That led to high expectations for the rematch.
Jones made things look much easier in the rematch when he scored a TKO in the third round of the matchup.
Since that win, Jones has two successful title defenses. In March 2019, he scored a unanimous decision win over Anthony Smith. In July, Jones followed that with a split decision win over Thiago Santos.
Tonight, Jones faces No. 4 ranked contender Dominick Reyes in the main event of the UFC 247 pay-per-view card. Before that fight takes place, watch Jones reclaim the UFC light heavyweight title with a knockout win.
UFC 247 takes place on Saturday, February 8, at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The main card streams on ESPN+ pay-per-view, following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass.