Saturday 29th December 2018, is an historic date in the UFC as it sees the return of one of the best fighters ever to grace the octagon in Jon Jones, but with Jone Jones come baggage and the people who thought he was done with the UFC are in for a shock but it nearly didn’t happen as the Las Vegas commision (NAC) failed Jones drug test for trace amounts of a substance that is a performance enhancing drug but it didn’t warrant a suspension and thus gave Dana White a tough decision, either call off the fight or move the event.
White went for the latter and moved the event on a weeks notice to the forum in Inglewood, California and costing the organisation roughly six million dollars in the process. Jones comes back to the UFC after a long lay off and some people are questioning his ability and questioning the fact how much had drugs played a part of his previous success.
The big question is should this fight be taking place, and honestly it is a hard one to call, I think partly down to the fact Jones is one of the few real superstar names left in the UFC and I think White had no other option other than try and make the fight happen no matter what and I for one am glad the fight is going ahead.
Looking at the two fighters and their previous fight, Jones is def more ripped than we have seen him before, but he has been out since July 2017 but we will only really know the full effects on Jones long layoff when the first bell rings but Gustafsson is coming into the fight with a record of three wins and two losses since he last fought Jones five years ago in 2013 so really he hasn’t been that active or prolific in the time Jones has been away but yes the first fight was a close fight that Jones came away with a unanimous decision and the fight was fight of the night.
So basically it might be hard to call this fight as we really don’t know what we are going to get from either fighter but I am still looking forward to see the fight and I just hope it doesn’t disappoint.
Onto the co-main event Cyborg v Nunes and we see the most anticipated womens fight within the UFC since the Womens side of the sport started in 2012. for the first time ever the Women’s Featherweight champion will face the Bantamweight Champion in an explosive encounter for the Featherweight title.
In my opinion this could be over pretty quick as both fighters are heavy hitters and it could be who lands the big punch first that dictates how the fight will end and don’t be surprised if this ends up being fight of the night.
The two brazilian fighters have had some mixed fortunes in their time within the UFC, Cyborg had to nearly kill herself to get down to the catchweight of 140lbs until they basically created a division for her, and Nunes had to work her way up to a title fight but when she won her title she hasnt looked back.