Jon Jones has a return date and an opponent.
Jones will step back into the Octagon in a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson for the light heavyweight title at UFC 232 in December,reports, citing multiple sources close to the promotion.
Jones’ suspension for an anti-doping violation is scheduled to expire on Oct. 28. He hasn’t fought since his win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in July 2017 was overturned due to a positive drug test.
The former light heavyweight champion first took on Gustafsson at UFC 165 in September 2013 in a close, five-round affair that saw Jones come out ahead via unanimous decision. The scheduled rematch will take place more than five years after the first meeting.
The light heavyweight title currently rests with Cormier, but he hasn’t competed in the division since winning the belt in January. He won the UFC heavyweight title in July and will defend it in three weeks’ time at UFC 230.
The light heavyweight belt will be pulled from Cormier and go to the winner of Jones-Gustafsson once the first punch is thrown at UFC 232, Helwani reports.
Gustafsson has also had a long layoff from the Octagon. His last fight came in May 2017 when he knocked out Glover Teixeira.
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