(Click on the fight below and then scroll down to see in-fight live analytics and the latest results, courtesy of Fight Analytics. The first UFC 232: Jones vs. Gustafsson 2 bout from Los Angeles is scheduled to begin on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 6:15 p.m. ET / 3:15 p.m. PT.)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship closes out 2018 with an unprecedented move of its final pay-per-view of the year from its home turf in Las Vegas to Los Angeles with a championship doubleheader.
The UFC 232 main event features Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson in a light heavyweight rematch several years in the making. The bout was put in jeopardy when a Jones drug test abnormality led the Nevada State Athletic Commission to determine it could not properly vet the situation in time to comfortably approve Jones to fight.
Because of Nevada’s decision, the UFC opted to move the event to California, where Jones would be approved to fight because of the California State Athletic Commission being much more aware of Jones’ recent drug testing situation and determining that he should be allowed to fight.
Though Jones won their first battle, it was widely regarded as one of the greatest light heavyweight fights in mixed martial arts history, and the toughest test of Jones’ storied career. (Watch the first Jones vs. Gustafsson full fight here.)
Though dual-division champion Daniel Cormier didn’t lose the belt, he’s being forced to vacate it, as Jones and Gustafsson will be fighting for gold in the UFC 235 headliner.
The UFC 235 co-main event features a women’s superfight between featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino and bantamweight titleholder Amanda Nunes.
Cyborg has the opportunity to cement her legacy as the greatest female fighter of all time, while Nunes could make history and become the first woman to hold UFC titles in two divisions and do so simultaneously. The only UFC fighters to ever hold two belts in tandem are Cormier and Conor McGregor.
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