JONES’ RE­TURN

FOR­MER CHAMP TO TAKE ON GUSTAFS­SON,

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LAS VE­GAS (AP) — For­mer UFC light heavy­weight cham­pion Jon Jones will at­tempt to re­gain his belt when he re­turns from sus­pen­sion Dec. 29 in a re­match with Alex Gustafs­son at UFC 232.

The UFC an­nounced the main event for its tra­di­tional year-end­ing show in Las Ve­gas on Fri­day.

Jones (22-1) is widely con­sid­ered the great­est tal­ent in mixed mar­tial arts, but he has re­peat­edly sab­o­taged his own ca­reer with mis­takes out­side the cage.

Jones hasn’t fought since July 29, 2017, when he beat Daniel Cormier to win the light heavy­weight ti­tle for the sec­ond time. Jones’ vic­tory was over­turned when he tested pos­i­tive for steroid use and re­ceived a 15-month sus­pen­sion.

Jones beat Gustafs­son (18-4) in their first bout in Septem­ber 2013, es­cap­ing with a de­bat­able de­ci­sion in the tough­est fight of his pro­fes­sional ca­reer.

AP file photo

Jon Jones kicks Alexan­der Gustafs­son dur­ing their fight in Septem­ber 2013. Jones won by de­ci­sion — the two are set to face off again at UFC 232 on Dec. 29.

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