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5 reasons why Nunes vs Cyborg should have headlined UFC 232 and not Jones vs Gustafsson

Jon Jones headlined another pay-per-view, while the rightful headliners languished as the co-main event
Jon Jones headlined another pay-per-view, while the rightful headliners languished as the co-main event
Modified 07 Jan 2019
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UFC 232 was a huge pay-per-view event for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. With the return of Jon Jones to the Octagon amidst immense controversy and outcry, the entire event was surrounded by a feeling of importance.

However, when the dust settled, it left a sour taste in the mouth of the average UFC fan.


Jon Jones had won the UFC Light Heavyweight Title back by outclassing Alexander Gustafsson in a fight that did not get many people talking.

When it came to the co-main event of the night though, feelings were completely different.

Amanda Nunes had knocked out Cris Cyborg in a matter of seconds to become the holder of dual championships. The manner of her victory was amazing and led people to label her as the best Women's Mixed Martial Artist in the UFC - if not the world.

With this in mind, it is worth thinking about if UFC missed out on a big opportunity at UFC 232.

In this article, we will take a look at all the reasons why Amanda Nunes vs. Cris Cyborg should have headlined the pay-per-view event instead of Jones vs. Gustafsson 2.

#1 Jon Jones and the inevitable controversy he brings

UFC 232 Jones v Gustafsson 2
UFC 232 Jones v Gustafsson 2

Jon Jones may be one of the best fighters to ever enter an Octagon, but looking back, it's unfortunate that his legacy is tainted. Being the best fighter does not excuse a person's actions, and it is easy to see that his actions have been far from the best in recent time.

Putting such a person at the helm of the last and possibly the biggest pay-per-view of the year sends all the wrong messages to the fans.

Given his history, putting Jones in the fight as the headliner is asking for trouble as controversy seems to follow him around. This proved to be the case yet again, but that's discussed in a point later in this article.

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Published 07 Jan 2019, 11:55 IST
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