Saturday, December 29, 2018, Los Angeles, California.
UFC 232 Jones vs. Gustafsson 2
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One night, two titles.
Both the Women's Featherweight and Light Heavyweight titles are on the line at UFC 232 on the last Saturday of 2018.
First bantamweight champion Amanda "The Lioness" Nunes (16-4) will challenge Cris "Cyborg" Justino (20-1, 1 NC) for her featherweight championship and MMA's top pound-for-pound female fighter crown. Then in the co-main event Jon "Bones" (22-1, 1 NC) returns to the octagon for a re-match against Alexander "The Mauler" Gustafsson (18-4).
UFC 232 Odds & Analysis
Women's Featherweight Title Fight - 5 rounds
#14 Amanda Nunes +225
#11 Cris Justino -265
The long-awaited bout between Brazilian stars Nunes and Cyborg is finally here. Women's featherweight champion Cyborg and women's bantamweight champion Nunes will battle for the former's title.
Nunes has won seven fights in a row beating opponents including Valentina Shevchenko (twice), Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey, and Raquel Pennington. A victory over Cyborg will make Nunes the first UFC woman to have held titles in two different weight classes. She will join McGregor and Cormier as the only fighters to hold multiple UFC world titles at the same time.
Cyborg is 5-0 since her UFC debut in 2016. She has won all three fights at featherweight, including a five-round decision over Holly Holm in December.
Light Heavyweight Title Fight - 5 rounds
#3 Alexander Gustafsson +240
#2 Jon Jones -280
Jones returns from suspension to face a familiar opponent in Gustafsson. The two go head-to-head in a rematch of their classic 2015 bout in which Gustafsson pushed the then-light heavyweight champion to the limit.
Jones and Gustafsson will battle for the light heavyweight belt once again. Reigning heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier vacated the title that will be decided in this fight.
The rest of the UFC 232 card:
Carlos Condit vs. #10 Michael Chiesa
Light Heavyweight Bout
#5 Ilir Latifi vs. #9 Corey Anderson
UFC 232 Prelims:
#13 Andrei Arlovski vs. Walt Harris
Women's Featherweight Bout
#6 Cat Zingano vs. Megan Anderson
#14 Douglas Silva de Andrade Vs. Peter Yan
BJ Penn vs. Ryan Hall
Montel Jackson vs. Brian Kelleher
"Because that fight was boring. Not because Jones fought so poorly, but because he fought so well. Give the man a challenge."— The Body Lock (@thebodylockmma) December 30, 2018
Siri Karri writes about Jon Jones' dominant performance at #UFC232.https://t.co/HmUXVNrvZG
When: December 29, 2018
Where: Los Angeles, California
Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Jon Jones def. Alexander Gustafsson Title Fight Jon Jones def. Alexander Gustafsson via TKO (punches) at 2:02 of R3.
Even though he didn’t look his sharpest, Jones still handled Gustafsson with ease. At no point did Gustafsson put Jones in any danger, while Jones picked apart one of the few competitors who had not embarrassed themselves against Jones.
Cris Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes
Amanda Nunes def. Cris Cyborg Title Fight Amanda Nunes def. Cris Cyborg via KO (punches) at :51 of R1.
Let’s look at the names of victims that have fallen to Nunes prior to UFC 232: Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Valentina Shevchenko (x2), Raquel Pennington, Germaine de Randamie, and Sara McMann… all title holders or title challengers at some point. Impressive, right? Now add Cyborg Justino to that list. Yeah, I think it’s safe to say Nunes’ claim to being the best fighter in WMMA is completely solidified. It is difficult to know where Nunes goes from here as there isn’t a clear contender at bantamweight and Cyborg is the clear option should Nunes look to defend her newly earned featherweight crown.
Carlos Condit vs. Michael Chiesa
Michael Chiesa def. Carlos Condit Michael Chiesa def. Carlos Condit via submission (kimura) at :56 of R2.
It was far from a flawless performance as Condit caught Chiesa in several bad spots. What mattered in the end is Chiesa survived and was the one to elicit a tap out of his opponent rather than being the one tapping. The kimura he slapped on Condit wasn’t an easy submission to finish, proving Chiesa may be better suited for welterweight combat than many of us thought. Granted, Condit isn’t a large welterweight, though it isn’t like Condit is a walk in the park either.
Ilir Latifi vs. Corey Anderson
Corey Anderson def. Ilir Latifi Corey Anderson def. Ilir Latifi via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
My thoughts were that Anderson’s chin wouldn’t hold up as it historically hasn’t against heavy hitters. For all of Ilir Latifi’s imperfections as a striker, he’s a hard hitter. And yet, Anderson was still standing at the end of 15 minutes despite eating some heavy shots. I don’t dare go so far as to say Anderson has fixed his problems with his chin, but whatever changes he has made to absorb damage seems to be paying off. While it may be more attributable to the lack of depth at 205 than Anderson being a phenomenal fighter, he’s realistically a fight away from challenging from the title.
Andrei Arlovski vs. Walt Harris
Alexander Volkanovski def. Chad Mendes Alexander Volkanovski def. Chad Mendes via TKO (strikes) at 4:14 of R2.
Early in the second round, it looked like Volkanovski was going to suffer his first setback in the UFC as Chad Mendes briefly floored the Aussie. From that point forward, the momentum was in favor of Volkanovski. Despite feeling Mendes’ power, Volkanovski continued to stay in his face. Mendes faded and Volkanovski’s continued offense forced the Team Alpha Male representative to give in to the assault late in the second. The win effectively launches Volkanovski into title talks, all the more likely given Holloway has already turned away most of Volkanovski’s competition for the top spot. Now knowing how Volkanovski’s chin can hold up, it’s going to be fun to see just how far he can go.
Walt Harris def. Andrei Arlovski Walt Harris def. Andrei Arlovski via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Megan Anderson def. Cat Zingano Megan Anderson def. Cat Zingano via TKO (eye injury) at 1:01 of R1
Petr Yan def. Douglas Silva de Andrade Petr Yan def. Douglas Silva de Andrade via TKO (corner stoppage) at 5:00 of R2
Ryan Hall def. B.J. Penn Ryan Hall def. B.J. Penn via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 2:46
Nathaniel Wood def. Andre Ewell Nathaniel Wood def. Andre Ewell via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:12 of R3
Uriah Hall def. Bevon Lewis Uriah Hall def. Bevon Lewis via KO (punch) at 1:32 of R3
Curtis Millender def. Siyar Bahadurzada Curtis Millender def. Siyar Bahadurzada via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Montel Jackson def. Brian Kelleher Montel Jackson def. Brian Kelleher via submission (d'arce choke) at 1:40 of R1
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.