INGLEWOOD, Calif. — pardon me for not hurrying to commend Jon Jones today.

Yeah, the once again UFC light heavyweight winner remains one of the best pure talents we’ve ever seen in mixed martial arts. Nobody disputes what they can do if he steps into the cage and the door will be closed.

His bout with Alexander Gustafsson on Saturday night in The Forum demonstrated his elevated fight IQ. Jones never left Gustafsson get untracked in the major event of UFC 232, penalizing his competitor with leg kicks and drilling him with sharp strikes once he tried to close the distance before completing him with callous precision within the next.

This marks the second straight float by which rematches came easier for Jones than first fights, after having a similar performance against Daniel Cormier in UFC 2 14 .

Nevertheless, you’d need to be an abject rube in this phase of the match to proceed and declare Jones redeemed without waiting to see what another couple weeks attract.

You don’t get the benefit of the doubt when you’ve run into difficulty as frequently since Jones has. When your control team tried to gaslight news of Turinabol not turning up in a blood test if Turinabol does not show up in blood tests either way. When other boxers have been suspended for similar heights of longterm metabolites. When adverse evaluation results were withheld from the California commission, the sanctioning body which green-lit UFC 232’s last minute move.

However while Jones continues to be empowered by the UFC, which transferred the entire card from Las Vegas into Inglewood rather than postpone the fight and let the Nevada Athletic Commission pursue his latest debateable evaluation result, he didn’t exactly get a star reaction by the crowd at the Forum on Saturday night. 1 / 2 of those people booed if Jones won. The majority of the rest looked resigned.

It had been a stark comparison to the Georges St-Pierre-in-Montreal ear splitting degree of a reaction to Amanda Nunes’ win within Cris Cyborg. Perhaps if UFC president Dana White took onequarter of their energy he’s placed into scrutinizing Jones and instead used it to build on Nunes’ enormous successes over the likes of Ronda Rousey and Miesha ta te , rather than kneecapping her drawing power by questioning Nunes’ center, then Nunes-Cyborg would’ve already been big enough to draw massive numbers on its own, minus Jones-Gustafsson.

Jones’ skills were exceptional for 2011. The best of the subsequent generation has captured up. Perhaps if the UFC ceased putting Jones to a base predicated about which had been leading edge inside the pre-FOX age and alternatively put A-list promotional effort into fighters who’re just as skilled as Jones with none of the bags, the company wouldn’t be in a position where it requires to go mountains to conserve the series if Jones gets embroiled into his 1,000,001s t fight-week controversy.

Let’s see what ends up against Jones’ VADA and USADA post-fight tests. Let’s see what goes on when Jones looks prior to the Nevada Athletic Commission next month. Let’s visit Jones undergo this upcoming gauntlet clear.

After that? Let’s see him undergo his next four or three fights without jeopardizing major shows. Let’s visit him get there without kicking a tsunami of badwill from the fans.

UFC 232 quotations

Gustafsson, on what went wrong against Jones.

White on Nunes

— White, following Penn’s weight loss reduction to Ryan Hall.

Miesha Tate. And today Cris Cyborg. No woman in the history of mixed martial arts includes a restart such as Amanda Nunes, who is currently the first woman to become simultaneous double winner in UFC history after her stunning 51-second knock-out of Cyborg in UFC 232’s co-feature bout. All due respect to the fantastic Cyborg. She’s a excellent man and she possesses enormous skills. However she spent her career defeating overmatched foes because of lack of thickness at featherweight. While ’therefore not her fault, Nunes only has assembled the higher restart, and moving up in weight and handing Cyborg her initial defeat in 1-3 years such critical fashion settles the question: Nunes could be your women’s GOAT.

Down: Alexander Gustafsson without doubt about it, the trail forward for Gus will be tough to figure. It’s infrequent a fighter gets a second title shot in exactly the exact same division after losing the very first time. Now Gustafsson has three light heavy weight title shots. Unlike the initial 2 declines, his UFC 165 unanimous decision to Jones and his UFC 192 split up decision to Daniel Cormier, which were both absolute traditional battle, this time, Gustafsson was dismissed against Jones. Maybe Gustafsson can move upto innovate, and it is a tiny tall order for some body as lanky as he. No matter one needs to wonder if “The Mauler” has seen his best days in the cage.

Like many others who’ve thrived after moving up in weight category, such as for example Robert Whittaker, Kelvin Gastelum, and lately Thiago Santos, Chiesa looked to be in full energy and clearheaded without needing to go through a ridiculous body weight reduction. This resulted in a tremendous opening around of back and forth, high-rise floor work between he and Condit, until Chiesa took it into yet another level and won with a nasty Kimura in the opening minute of the second. Can Chiesa do in welterweight what Whittaker and Gastelum have inked going upto middle weight? Time will tell, however, Saturday night was a promising start.

Up: Alexander Volkanovski The Australian feather-weight was clearly one of those UFC’therefore best-kept keys, winning his first five fights in the UFC but doing thus mostly on smaller shows. However, Volkanovski finally had his huge opportunity on Saturday having a legit and well-known foe in Chad Mendes. Volkanovski showed tremendous poise in taking one of those pound-for-pound heaviest hitters’ funniest shots, clearing his head, and then replying with thunderous strikes of their or her own. The 145-pound division has a new, legit title contender.

Down: B.J. Penn I’m not going to hash through all the gruesome details, because in the event that you’rereading this, then you already know precisely how far Penn has fallen since his hey day. A man who held two world championships dropped short order on the opening cable prelim on Saturday night. We’ve seen him accept brutal beatings now we’ve ever seen him get filed (admittedly, Ryan Hall is probably going to submit a great deal of people before he’s through). Penn is dangerously close to becoming the first name mentioned when people discuss sad instances of great fighters hanging on much too long (Okay, maybe next after Chuck Liddell). Please retire, B.J., also make it stick now.

Official matters

Now that we’ve talked about Jones, is that there anything left to be said about this weekend’s odd turn of events? You’ve heard it hashed out right today. UFC 232 was a excellent night of conflicts. Rather than beat a dead horse length, we’re going to note that the fans in Vegas who bought organized and tickets travel needs to have had the ability to see it in tmobile Arena.

Beyond this? Perhaps not much to whine about from an officiating perspective. The stoppages had been properly calibrated and the conflicts which went the distance were correctly judged. Maybe this fight shouldn’t’ve been California, but California-assigned officials failed their own job.

Fight I’d love to see next: Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones at Heavy-weight

I can definitely understand at this point why Jones would expect he’ll always get anything he wants.

Make no mistake, both these guys are thirsty to fight one another, and also we ’will be bombarded with posturing on which weight class this fight should be held.

However, if we’will own Jones fight Cormier a next time, then it ought to be in heavyweight.

There’s little miracles left seeing Jones fight Cormier at light heavyweight. We’ve already seen it perform two. Even in a win-win situation, by the time these two square off again. Cormier will be 40 years of age moving into a third party match up. His final couple weight cuts trying to get down down to 205 were absolutely dreadful. What’s there to conducting this in 205?

Cormier is the person who has already proven himself capable of becoming a double winner. Cormier is the person who never failed a drug test in his entire life.

Can you want to restore your legacy forever and get fans talking about something besides your own PED tests, Jon? Then get out of one’s safe place. Pass all of your drug tests. Take a go at Cormier in his best, if he’s not going through a challenging weight reduction, also if he has the punching power to place Stipe Miocic’s lights outside. Proceed do what nobody else has done and conquer DC at heavy weight.