JON JONES faces Alexander Gustafsson for the vacant light-heavyweight title at UFC 232.
The event is the final show of a thrilling year for the UFC – and here is how you can watch all of tonight’s action for FREE.
When is Jones vs Gustafsson?
Jones vs Gustafsson takes place as the main event of UFC 232 tonight.
It is expected the fight will take place around 5-6am UK time.
This, however, depends on the length of the preliminary bouts.
What TV channel and live stream is UFC 232 on?
UFC 232 will be shown live in the UK on BT Sport 2 on Saturday, December 29.
The prelims start at 1am in the early hours of Sunday, December 30 UK time.
The main card begins at 3am.
Can I live stream UFC 232 for FREE?
You can watch the Prelims bouts for FREE with a seven-day trial on UFC Fight Pass, which kicks off 11.30pm UK time.
But, due to broadcast restrictions, the Main Card will only be shown on BT Sport in the UK.
BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the event online, and on mobile and tablet using the BT Sports app.
However, EE mobile customers can also catch the entire event for FREE on your mobile, as part of a new subscription plan.
You can get three months’ worth of BT Sport on your EE phone and tablet when you text SPORT to 150, register for BT ID and download the BT Sport app.
You can cancel the subscription at any point during the trial.
What is tonight’s full fight card?
MAIN CARD (from 3am – BT SPORT 2)
- Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson (UFC light heavyweight championship)
- Cris Cyborg vs Amanda Nunes (UFC women’s featherweight championship)
- Carlos Condit vs Michael Chiesa (welterweight)
- Ilir Latifi vs Corey Anderson (light heavyweight)
- Chad Mendes vs Alexander Volkanovski (featherweight)
PRELIMINARY CARD (from 1am – BT SPORT 2)
- Andrei Arlovski vs Walt Harris (heavyweight)
- Cat Zingano vs Megan Anderson (women’s featherweight)
- Douglas Silva de Andrade vs Petr Yan (bantamweight)
- B.J. Penn vs Ryan Hall (lightweight)
EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD (started from 11.30pm – UFC FIGHT PASS)
- Andre Ewell vs Nathaniel Wood (bantamweight)
- Uriah Hall vs Bevon Lewis (middleweight)
- Curtis Millender vs Siyar Bahadurzada (welterweight)
- Brian Kelleher vs Montel Jackson (bantamweight)
What happened in Jones vs Gustafsson 1?
Jones won their first fight by a controversial unanimous decision at UFC 165 back in September 2013.
The American, who was cut in the first round, said after the bout that Gustafsson had given him his toughest fight to date.
Why is UFC 232 taking place in Los Angeles and not Las Vegas?
Five days before the event, the whole of the UFC 232 card was sensationally moved from Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena to Los Angeles’ Inglewood Forum.
An “abnormality” over a recent drugs test sample from Jon Jones is the reason behind the huge move for the December 30 bash.
A trace of turinabol was found in the fighters system, but because Nevada State Athletic Commission doesn’t have enough time to investigate, the whole show has been relocated.
It is the same substance the 31-year-old Jones was handed a 15-month suspension for back in 2017.
He was only cleared to return to the Octagon last week.
UFC VP of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky insists that this isn’t a violation by Jones, explaining that he and USADA have said that the positive test is a “pulsing” effect.
Novitzky said that there was only a “picogram” level of turinabol in Jones’ system.
He said: “A picogram is a one-trillionth of a gram. If you put one grain of salt on the table and split it up into 50 million pieces, a picogram is one of those pieces of that gram of salt.
“These levels have shown up in the single and double digits of picograms – so such a small amount.”
What have the fighters said?
Jones: “It’s difficult to express myself at this moment but I can definitely say my heart is filled with gratitude and appreciation.
“I want to thank all of you who have stood by me during the toughest stretch of my life. It has meant the world to me and always will. But now is the time to shift the focus front and centre to the road ahead.
“Greatness is what I’m chasing and the path to reclaiming my throne is now officially open. Comeback Season begins now.”
Gustafsson: “Now we all understand why u didn’t take the Wada test! U can be on rocket fuel,, I’ll still gonna finish u Jon!”
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