One of the greatest title fights in MMA history is getting its due.
During Saturday’s UFC 248 broadcast, it was announced that the first fight between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson fight from UFC 165 will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame’s Fight Wing at the upcoming International Fight Week.
Taking its rightful place in the #UFCHOF— UFC (@ufc) March 8, 2020
@JonnyBones vs @AlexTheMauler joins immortality on July 9. pic.twitter.com/hV8MVWgvu6
Back on Sept. 21, 2013, the two light heavyweights engaged in a back-and-forth battle for five rounds at a packed Air Canada Centre (now known as Scotiabank Arena) that was dubbed an instant classic as soon as the final bell rang. Jones successfully defended his title against Gustafsson via unanimous decision, but there were plenty of fans who thought “The Mauler” did enough to dethrone Jones.
Jones and Gustafsson would meet in a rematch five years later at UFC 232, which Jones won by third-round TKO.
Past inductees to the UFC’s Fight Wing include Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar I (The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale), Matt Hughes vs. Frank Trigg II (UFC 52), Mark Coleman vs. Pete Williams (UFC 17), Mauricio Rua vs. Dan Henderson I (UFC 139), and Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida (TUF 9 Finale).
The induction will officially take place on July 9.