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Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson Announced As UFC Hall of Fame Inductee

March 8, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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The fight between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 is set to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. The UFC announced on Saturday after UFC 248 that the fight, which was the first between the two, will be inducted into the Fight Wing of the Hall during the ceremony on July 9th.

The bout saw Jones defending the light heavyweight title amidst a nine-fight win streak, which included five straight defenses of the title. The unanimous decision win over Gustafsson allowed him to set a new record for most successive light heavyweight title defenses in UFC history.

“Going into the first Jones vs. Gustafsson fight, fans and media didn’t care about the fight, because they didn’t believe Gustafsson deserved a title shot, and this thing ended up being the greatest light heavyweight title fight in UFC history,” UFC President Dana White said. “To be there and watch it live was amazing. It was an incredible fight and both athletes gave everything they had for all five rounds. This fight was such a classic it was named the 2013 Fight of the Year and will always be considered one of the greatest fights in combat sports history. This fight showed what a true champion Jon Jones was, as this was the first time he was taken into deep waters and truly tested. This fight also put Gustafsson on the map and showed his true potential. Congratulations to Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson on being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame ‘Fight Wing’ for such an epic fight.”

The UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place from The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, and will be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.