This rematch has been a long time coming – nearly five years – and promises to be an exciting affair. Jones and Gustafsson first met at UFC 165; in that brutal match Jones was pushed to limits he had never experienced while Gustafsson came up just short of shocking the world. The question in every MMA fan’s mind today is will Gustafsson come up short again or will Jones finally suffer defeat within the octagon? I am hoping for the latter because I believe that Jones, for all his self-destructive, arrogant, and undisciplined behavior both in and outside the octagon, deserves to lose, and Gustafsson, for his stoicism and dedication to the sport, deserves the win. Unfortunately, MMA cares little for who deserves what, and if history is any guide, then Jones will likely defeat Gustafsson again. Regardless, I will be cheering for the Mauler and hoping he will tonight.
Go get ‘im, Alex!