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Home Blog Jon "Bones" Jones: Spineless?
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Jon "Bones" Jones: Spineless?

The quality of Jon Jones is not something many legitimately question as the UFC light heavyweight champion is often regarded as the top pound-for-pound fighter in MMA. Overall, "Bone's" title reign has been an easy one except for his legendary bout against Alexander "The Mauler" Gustafsson. Prior to meeting the Swedish powerhouse who is based out of the All Star Training Center in Stockholm, Sweden, Jones was cruising.

Against "The Mauler", Jones found himself behind early and could not do to Gustafsson what he does best: take the imposing Nordic warrior to the cage floor. Gustafsson was able to stuff 12 out of the 13 takedown attempts by Jones. On top of that, "The Mauler" punished "Bones" with thudding leg strikes and detonated hard fistic blows which consistently hurt Jones. In the end, Jones managed to retain his title via a controversial decision but he appeared to be the beaten man. Since that fight, Jones has gone on to defend his title and Gustafsson has also successfully competed his way back into contention.

A contract offer has been made to "The Mauler" for the rematch which Gustafsson signed immediately. The reason this rematch is not official is because Jon Jones has refused to sign on the dotted line. Apparently, Jones is focusing on Daniel Cormier and has indicated that he wants nothing to do with Gustafsson. This is not meant to disrespect Cormier, but the real fight that everyone wants to see is a rematch between "The Mauler" and Jon Jones.

One can understand "Bone's" hesitation to fight the Swedish monster as their first battle was a grueling affair. Still, real champions that go on to beome legends overcome their fears and greatest challenges by facing them again and leaving no doubt as to who is the best. For Jones, Gustafsson is the one true threat to his reign so it is time for the champion to show that he is the best fighter in MMA in the world.  

Sergio L. Martinez

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