Can Jones Reclaim Path to GOAT Status at UFC 232?

At UFC 232 Jon “Bones” Jones will be given yet another chance to regain his rightful place as UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.

Beginning all the way back in February of 2011 at UFC 126 Jon Jones became the youngest UFC champion at 23 after he dismantled then champion Mauricio Shogun Rua in a one-sided beatdown by way of TKO in round 3.

From there Jones went on a crusade of beatdowns taking down legend after legend in the UFC Light Heavyweight Division by the names of Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida, Vitor Belfort and many more. On this win streak Jones not only set the Record for most UFC Light Heavyweight title defenses at 8 but also set a standard of dominance finishing 5 of the 8 opponents and winning 2 of the other 3 by unanimous decision.

However, many will remember Jones reign being mired with controversy due to the many scandals Jones found himself involved in. From a hit and run car accident, DWI car crash, failed drug tests and a laundry list of below the belt trash talking Bones Jones found a way to completely cloud his UFC legacy from what it should truly be, the absolute best of all time.

Nearly 2 years after Jones was suspended for a second failed drug test he will return to take on the only man to take Jones to a split decision. Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson will pose a difficult matchup for Jones return as he took him to deep waters once in which Jones needed both Championship rounds to get his hand raised.

Both are physical giants of the division and both rely heavily on their size advantage in most matchups to impose there fighting style which is what made their first matchup back at UFC 165 in September 2013 so close. Jones ended up getting his hand raised in a controversial split decision that Gustafsson and many others believe he should have won.

Now 5 years after what some have called one of the best fights in UFC history the rematch is on. Many in the MMA community have speculated and accused Jones of ducking a rematch from Gustafsson but now at UFC 232 that will no longer matter.

Coming into this fight Jones has put it out there that going into the first matchup he was not as 100%. He claimed he barely trained for his first matchup with “The Mauler” and he will not be making this same mistake coming in this time.

Now Jones has a clear path to once again put himself back in the greatest of all time conversation if he is able to get a win this Saturday. A victory here can set him up for a career defining trilogy against his long time bitter rival Daniel Cormier.

From there he would have the perfect opportunity to take a big money fight with Brock Lesner at heavyweight which could be the perfect time to move up to the heavyweight division and rule as the new UFC double champ.

All future speculation aside Jones will need to take care of business this Saturday at The Forum in Inglewood, California where he will get yet another “last chance” to reclaim his title and truly cement himself as the greatest of all time.

Will Jones be able to get a victory over Gustafsson this Saturday? What will Jones’s future hold after a win? Will Jones be able to stay out of trouble moving forward? Is Jones still worthy of goat status? Comment below and get the debate started!

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