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Bones, Nunes highlight memorable UFC 232

Jon “Bones” Jones is back. 

That is what everyone from the MMA world is saying after watching him TKO Alexander Gustafsson in the third round of the rematch for the Light Heavyweight (205 lbs.) title at UFC 232. The two originally faced off at UFC 165 back in 2013 in a very close fight that Jones won to keep his Light Heavyweight championship, but many people disagreed and believed Gustafsson won the fight. 

It is widely considered one of the greatest MMA fights of all time, and it was an absolute honor to see them do it again. But unfortunately, it wouldn’t be a Jon Jones fight without some controversy as he tested positive Dec. 6 for the same banned substance he tested positive for last July. 

The Nevada State Athletic Commission ruled Jones took a tainted supplement and he was banned for 18 months. The commission said this is the same supplement and it’s still in his system and may be for quite some time. The fight was supposed to happen in Las Vegas, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission couldn’t do a proper investigation since it was the holidays and therefore couldn’t license him to fight. 

California saved the day and granted Jones a license to fight. On six days notice, the entire fight card was moved to Los Angeles. 

Jones was able to use his five-inch reach advantage on Gustafsson and keep him from landing shots, while Jones was able to pick his shots and land some nice body kicks and leg kicks. Going into the third round, Jones had won Rounds 1 and 2, but had struggled to take Gustafsson down. He was finally able to take him down, where he got on top and was able to TKO him to win the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight championship. 

The king is back. 

In the co-main event, UFC Featherweight (145 lbs.) champion Cris Justino, better known by her ring name “Cyborg," was defending her belt against the Bantamweight (135 lbs.) champion Amanda Nunes. Cyborg debuted in 2005 and lost her first fight by submission. Since then, she has greatly improved and hasn’t lost a fight since then and has been considered the baddest woman on the planet for her dominant performances in two title defenses. 

Nunes is also in the conversation for baddest woman on the planet for her dominant performances over former champions Miesha Tate, who she beat for the belt, and her famous 48-second knockout over former dominant champion Ronda Rousey. Nunes has defended her title a total of three times but wants to be known as the GOAT (Greatest of All Time). 

Nunes was the underdog heading into the fight, but she has legit knockout power just like Cyborg. Many people didn’t give Nunes any chance to win this fight, but 51 seconds into the first round Nunes did what many believed to be impossible and knocked out the very dominate Cyborg to become the new Featherweight champion. 

Nunes is the third fighter in UFC history to hold two belts at the same time, the first female fighter to hold two belts in two different weight classes, the first female fighter to hold two belts at the same time, and the sixth fighter to hold two belts in two different weight classes. Nunes can no longer be denied being the greatest female mixed martial artist of all time. 

Jones and Nunes certainly made the best of their opportunities and proved to the world they are simply the best. UFC 232 will forever be remembered as one of the greatest UFC events of 2018.