Jones and Gustafsson are headed for another showdown. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
A highly anticipated rematch between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson is now clearly on the horizon.
UFC President Dana White confirmed that Gustafsson will receive the next crack at “Bones” shortly after the champion defeated Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC 172. While no timetable was given for when the rematch might take place, “The Mauler” will be the man Jones next faces in the Octagon, according to the UFC boss.
Jones and Gustafsson initially met last September at UFC 165, with Jones taking a hard-fought unanimous decision from the Swede in Sherdog.com’s “Fight of the Year.”
“Bones” found the sledding to be much easier on Saturday night against Teixeira, who had no answer for the champion’s fast, varied striking attack during the UFC’s Baltimore debut.
“I had a lot of questions I needed to answer for myself,” Jones told Fox Sports after his victory. “Did I lose my mojo? What was going on, fighting Gustafsson in such a close fight? But I worked super hard and got back to those dominating ways.”
Though undoubtedly impressive in his victory at Baltimore Arena, Jones nevertheless saw room for improvement in his game.
“I’m not that impressed by that performance,” said Jones. “I do feel as if it was a great performance, but I want [to win] even cleaner. My cardio was starting to slow down on me, and I started looking sloppy and even running toward the end.”
Though Teixeira put forth a gutsy effort over the course of 25 minutes, Jones was simply the better, more versatile striker, connecting solidly with punches and elbows, both at range and in close quarters -- an area in which some felt Teixeira would find his greatest success against the lanky champion.
“A lot of people believe that [the way to] beat me is to get inside, and today I threw more standing elbows than I ever have before,” said Jones. “I believe I’ll be champion for a long time.”