Jon Jones smashes Alexander Gustafsson to regain UFC light heavyweight title

Jon Jones makes winning return to UFC with TKO win over Alexander Gustafsson

The 31-year-old has been out of action since July 2017, when he stopped Daniel Cormier to reclaim his light heavyweight title - only to have it stripped due to a failed test for the same substance that triggered another failure recently.

A capacity crowd of 15,862 in Southern California watched another groundbreaking achievement by Nunes, the ferocious brawler who calls herself "The Lioness". "When she connected with a couple of punches, I just said, 'I'm going to walk right through her.'" Nunes continued her post-fight interview with gratitude to her fans and the gilded MMA community that supports her year-round, including bride-to-be Nina Ansaroff who fights in the Strawweight division.

UFC fighters are speaking after a stunning night of action at UFC 232 in California, which saw Jon Jones return to claim the light-heavyweight title and Amanda Nunes become the first ever female double champion.

Her victory over Cyborg comes two years after defeating Rousey at UFC 207, which led to Rousey leaving MMA and transitioning into her current career as a professional wrestler.

Jones said prior to UFC 232 that his goal was to remove any lingering doubt about his first encounter with Gustafsson.

"Yeah, for sure", Nunes said when asked if she thought the fight would play out the way it did.

Nunes took home the featherweight title with her quick knockout in the first round, becoming the first woman in UFC history to win two titles in two weight classes.

Jon Jones punches Alexander Gustafsson in their light heavyweight title bout during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. "I told you. I told you".

The only woman in the history of UFC to hold two championshipsWhat's the story? And they get right down to the wire, and I think Vince [McMahon] throws so much money at him that he says, 'All right, I'll do [WWE] again.' Because this is here no matter what. When I hit her, I could see she got rung a little bit.

Facing Cormier for the third time makes the most sense. Nunes landed and Cyborg went down but got back up.

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