It’s been a big week for Alexander Gustafsson. First, he went on The Joe Rogan Experience MMA Show and said beating Jon Jones is “bigger than taking the belt,” then he signed a “lucrative” new deal with the UFC, and now, Jon Jones is talking trash about him on the internet.
On Thursday, seemingly in response to Gustafsson’s recent public comments about him and their previous fight, Jones came out on Twitter to warn Gustafsson about any possible rematch between the two of them, promising that Gustafsson will never beat him.
@AlexTheMauler Beat me in three? Your hands were the only thing you had over me in our first fight. That gap is closing fast. Our first fight will be the greatest thing you’ve ever done inside of that octagon. You will never beat me, that’s my promise to you.— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 20, 2018
Jones and Gustafsson had a memorable battle at UFC 165 with Jones eking out a unanimous decision win in the 2013 Fight of the Year. In their fight, Jones struggled with the boxing of Gustafsson, who was ahead on two of the judge’s scorecards after the third round and was on his way to winning the fourth until a massive spinning back elbow from Jones turned the tide. As if to prove the point that he is closing that boxing gap, Jones then posted a brief video of himself working mitts in his garage.
Broke a nice sweat in my garage tonight pic.twitter.com/kyN0KnL4dn— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 20, 2018
Jones was recently fined $205,000 and had his MMA license revoked by the California State Athletic Commission for his testing positive for the steroid Turinabol in an in-competition drug test in relation to his fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 last July. He is currently still facing sanctions from USADA for the failure, including a possible four-year suspension as a repeat offender, having previously tested positive for the banned substance clomiphene and Letrozol in 2016 which resulted in a one-year suspension. If and when he returns to the cage, a rematch with Gustafsson would be high among the MMA fans’ wish list as possible bouts for Jones.
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Jon also had some words of warning for DC.
My brother should be careful what you wish for, my game is more complete than ever right now. https://t.co/i21uCV9rUi— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 20, 2018
While others are talking about retirement, I just signed my new deal with the @ufc today. I am grateful, excited, and I will be fighting very soon! I need to thank my family, my team @wesportagency and @allstarsgymsweden . I would also like to give a special thank you to my fight management @neems01 and @majdishammas at Moments Sports Management for securing the biggest deal of my career. Soon to be the world champion!!! #soontobeworldchamp #team #loyalty #family
Gerald Harris saying what everyone is thinking about yesterday’s Rory-Askren feud.
F all this Tweeting & fight! I wanna see this! pic.twitter.com/BZBogO3KI4— Gerald Harris (@GHurricane) April 19, 2018
Ali letting everyone know what Khabib’s title plans are.
Gsp, Conor, Dustin ... everyone else talking can take a hike #newkingofthejungle— Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) April 18, 2018
And then they gets involved.
Let me get that— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) April 19, 2018
number 1 Bullshit— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) April 19, 2018
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Brad really getting his hopes up.
I don’t know what to do with the information you just gave me— michael (@bisping) April 19, 2018
Say yes to the fight!!!!— Brad Tavares (@BradTavares) April 19, 2018
Angie Overkill is chomping at the bit to get back in there.
Moroz, my last opponent. She’s a Ukrainian Olympic boxing coach and was ranked #14 when we fought. I outboxed her 2 months ago but I’m still waiting for a fight. #ReadyForWar #PutMeInMick https://t.co/vg7xZ8Fdvv— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) April 19, 2018
Yeah but BJ jumped out of a pool, Georges.
I started working out in the pool during my first ACL rehab in 2012 and I’ve been doing it ever since, you should try it! pic.twitter.com/aMuFpNPJ1m— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) April 19, 2018
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