Jon Jones reclaimed the UFC‘s light-heavyweight title, which was relinquished by Daniel Cormier on Friday, with a third-round finish of Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of UFC 232 Saturday in Los Angeles, California. The UFC’s decision to move the event to Los Angeles from Las Vegas due to an abnormality in a Jon Jones
Jon Jones reclaimed the UFC‘s light-heavyweight title, which was relinquished by Daniel Cormier on Friday, with a third-round finish of Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of UFC 232 Saturday in Los Angeles, California.
The UFC’s decision to move the event to Los Angeles from Las Vegas due to an abnormality in a Jon Jones drug test was met by criticism a week out from the event.
The NAC would not license Jones — who has been sanctioned for two doping violations in the past — despite UFC’s vice president of athlete health and performance, Jeff Novitzky, claiming there was ‘no violation of the anti-doping program’ in this case.
Jon Jones (top) secured a takedown in the third round and advanced to a dominant position to land heavy strikes from
The UFC light-heavyweight champion thanked his team and called out Daniel Cormier for a third fight
Jones and Gustafsson (left) fought two close opening rounds on the feet, though the Swede struggled to land cleanly
The light-heavyweight champion produced some devastating body kicks and they began to take a toll
Eventually Gustafsson failed to defend himself and the referee Mike Beltran hauled Jones off his opponent
After taking the fight to the ground in the third round, Jones progressed to side control, moved towards the Swede’s back and pounded him out with a burst of ground and pound.
In his post-fight interview, Jones targeted a third meeting with Daniel Cormier.
‘Daddy’s home, DC. Prove to the fans you’re the champ champ. Come get a taste. I’m here. Get your belt back,’ he told Joe Rogan.
In the co-main event, Amanda Nunes cemented her place as the greatest female fighter in UFC history by becoming the first woman to hold two promotional titles simultaneously with a first-round finish of Cris Cyborg.
Nunes blasted the former featherweight champion out with an overhand right just 51-seconds into the contest, sending her fellow Brazilian crashing to the canvas.
Amanda Nunes became the greatest female fighter in the history of the UFC after beating Cris Cyborg
Nunes (left) produced a remarkable display to cut through the defences of her Brazilian compatriot again and again
Nunes scaled the cage to talk to UFC president Dana White after her dominant first round victory in Los Angeles
The ‘Lioness’ allowed the emotion to pour out of her after becoming the first female two-weight world champion
Just the second loss of Cyborg’s career, the loss marked the first time she had been knocked out in MMA competition.
Cyborg adds to a long list of all-time great names that Nunes has defeated in the past, including Ronda Rousey, Valentina Shevchenko, Meisha Tate and Germaine de Randamie.
Michael Chiesa believes he solidified his spot in the welterweight rankings following a submission win in his debut over former interim champion, Carlos Condit.
Chiesa initiated the clinch, wrestled Condit to the ground and finished him with an adapted kimura, using just one hand.
Michael Chiesa overcame Carlos Condit by a second round submission in his fight fight at welterweight
Condit had his shoulder wrenched excruciatingly out of place as the ‘Maverick’ showed his deadly ground game
Condit was in visible discomfort and was helped by the referee Mike Beltran after tapping out in the second
‘This is my division, and I just showed I am a top-15 fighter!’ said Chiesa after the win.
‘Neil Magny, I’ll see you soon. It’s you and me next,’ he added.
Corey Anderson asked for a meeting with fellow surging light-heavyweight Anthony Smith following his dominant decision victory over Ilir Latifi.
Anderson increased his win streak to three win the workmanlike performance in which he out struck the Swede with ease in the second and third rounds of the bout.
Corey Anderson (left) landed far more than his opponent Ilir Latifi (right) and earned a unanimous decision victory
The Swede landed a number of powerful strikes but his explosiveness was costly in terms of burning too much energy
Ultimately Anderson was too busy for Latifi and the American called out Anthony Smith in his post fight interview
Alexander Volkanovski proved he is well able to compete at the very top of the featherweight division with a decisive second-round win over former title contender, Chad Mendes.
After getting clipped in the second, Volkanovski rallied and unleashed a piston left hand into Mendes’ gut before going upstairs to finish the job with a hook.
Speaking after the win, the Aussie took a shot at divisional champion, Max Holloway.
‘I’m Max Holloway’s worst nightmare,’ he said.
Alexander Volkanovski earned a stunning victory over featherweight No 5 Chad Mendes in the second round
The Australian was called off his opponent by the referee after surviving getting dropped and coming back
Mendes enjoyed some success early on in the contest but seemed to tire after emptying plenty of his energy reserves
Cat Zingano’s featherweight debut was cut short by a head kick from Megan Anderson. Clinching her first win as a UFC fighter, Anderson’s toe appeared to enter Zingano’s eye, leading the UFC veteran to turn her back, eating a couple of punches before referee Marc Goddard brought stop to the action early in the first round.
Russian bantamweight Petr Yan called for a showdown with John Lineker after a ten-minute domination of Douglas De Silva de Andrade.
Yan progressed to 3-0 with the UFC since his signing last year, underlining his status as one of the best up and coming newcomers on the roster.
Following a steady onslaught of dynamic striking, the Brazilian’s corner called off the bout ahead of the third round.
Finishing out the events Fight Pass prelims portion, British prospect Nathaniel Wood improved to 2-0 under the UFC banner with a third-round rear-naked choke win against Andre Ewell. Following the win, Wood implored the UFC matchmakers to book him on March’ annual London card.
Nathaniel Wood (top) earned his second win in the UFC with victory over Andre Ewell in the early pre-lims