Jon Jones was pushed to the brink of losing his UFC light heavyweight title last September by Alexander Gustafsson, before rallying in the fourth and fifth rounds and convincing the judges that he deserved the decision win. Despite the controversial decision and the damage he sustained, Jones recently told MMA Live (interview video above) that the bout was the strongest showing of his career.
"In some ways that Gustafsson fight was my strongest showing," Jones said.
"To finish that fight the way I finished it and display the heart that I did to remain being the champion, to beat Tito Ortiz' record [for most consecutive light heavyweight title defenses] that very same night. I would give that one of my top showings."
That said, "Bones" has a much higher expectation of himself for when he rematches Gustafsson Sep. 27. A come from behind win proved the champion's mettle but he wants to get back to total domination.
"A successful showing for me is just for me to go out there and dominate," Jones said.
"I've been able to dominate everyone I've ever faced except for Gustafsson in that first fight and success for me is to not only win this fight, but to dominate it."
Do you think their rematch will be as close as their first or will someone, possibly Jones, put some distance between he and the other? Let us know in the comments section.