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Jon Jones Launches Vicious Attack On ‘Good-Guy’ Alexander Gustafsson Via Twitter

The UFC’s former light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones has hit out at his old rival Alexander Gustafsson over Twitter after the Swede spoke ill of him following his win at last weekend’s UFC Stockholm.

There have been very few title-fights in recent memory that even came close to reaching the heights that UFC 165’s Jon Jones versus Alexander Gustafsson hit on September 25, two years ago.

Jones had established himself as a truly unique force in the 205lb division, using his insane athleticism, freakishly long frame and incomparable fight-IQ to defeat every single challenger to his belt with little-to-no issue. Alexander Gustafsson, however, represented a very different challenge.

UFC 165’s main event was a back-and-forth war where both men were clearly struggling to adjust to their adversary’s size. Jones stands at 6’4 while Gustafsson measures in at 6’5 and though Bones’ reach still a good bit longer at 84″, the problems that the Swede posed to him were unlike anything he had been forced to deal with up until that point.

Jones won a closely fought decision on the night and though Alexander Gustafsson fought for the title once again – losing to Daniel Cormier at UFC 192 – his decline after his most famous outing saw many questioning if another run at the belt was possible – even with his relatively young age in mind.

His win over Glover Teixeira last weekend, however, showed all the signs of the revitalised and reinvigorated Alexander Gustafsson, and in his post-fight press conference, he made a very blunt and honest statement about his rival Jones.

“Well, he is the biggest enemy. I don’t like him, I give him that. He’s the best fighter of all time. He’s the pound-for-pound best fighter in our division. Of course, everybody knows that. He’s never lost. He hasn’t lost yet. He’s demolished everyone he fights, but as a person, as a champion, he’s not a champion in my eyes. He’s not a good person in my eyes. That’s why I always say I hope DC wins because I like the guy. He’s a worthy champion.”

Now, following Gustafsson’s amazing win and his subsequent attack, Jon Jones has taken to Twitter to address the statement and I think it’s fair to say that he takes absolutely no prisoners with this one.

With Jones now officially confirmed to (hopefully) return at UFC 214 to fight Daniel Cormier for the 205lb title, only time will tell how the Jon Jones story plays out but for now, it’s at least good to see the former-champ in good spirits, even if he just taking digs left, right and centre.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at cillian@punditarena.com.