After the chaos of fight week, which saw the Ultimate Fighting Championship forum shop its way to Inglewood, California, to host its UFC 232 card and avoid the regulatory consequences of Jon Jones’ “atypical” drug test, seeing “Bones” do his thing in the cage was almost the most anticlimactic thing to have happened on his third obstacle-ridden return to MMA glory.
Whereas the first meeting between Jones and perennial contender Alexander Gustafson was an edge-of-your-seat affair with radical swings in momentum precipitating a wildly contentious set of scorecards, the sequel was a clinical display of dominance by the former champion book-ended with a resounding finish. Jones nullified the Swede’s vaunted boxing and picked apart his legs and body with kicks before taking him down in the third round and ending it with a volley of right hands from back mount. With “The Mauler” safely in the rearview mirror, Jones took to the microphone to taunt longtime nemesis Daniel Cormier, who relinquished his 205-pound title the day before Jones recaptured it.
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