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Coach Winkeljohn: Jon Jones will finish Daniel Cormier, Alexander Gustafsson in rematches

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Jon Jones’ longtime coach, Mike Winkeljohn, guarantees the former UFC light heavyweight champion will not only show up for his UFC 214 title rematch with Daniel Cormier, but he’s going to win more impressively than the first time.

“Jon’s getting his title back – well, the title he never lost,” Winkeljohn told Submission Radio. “Yeah, he’s walking out back being the champ of the world again.”

UFC 214 takes place July 29 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC) challenges champion Cormier (19-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) in the pay-per-view headliner, which follows prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Jones was the longest reigning 205-pound champion in UFC history prior to being stripped of the gold in April 2015 following a hit-and-run incident. His final title defense before being stripped came against Cormier at UFC 182 in January 2015, with “Bones” winning by unanimous decision in the grudge match between the heated rivals.

In the more than two years since Jones was forced to give up his title, Cormier has taken over the throne and recorded consecutive title defenses against Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson (18-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC). Jones has made it clear he believes “DC” is merely keeping the belt warm for him, though, and Winkeljohn said he agrees.

Although Jones controlled the majority of the 25 minutes of action in the first match, Winkeljohn expects an even better performance in the rematch. The pair has only that one fight but have gone through nearly four full training camps for one another. The preparation and plan of attack becomes more refined each time, and Winkeljohn said that should lead to a stoppage victory for Jones.

“I think it’s a different, shorter version of the first fight but playing out the same way,” Winkeljohn said. “I think Daniel’s going to get frustrated because he can’t get a takedown. He’s going to get frustrated because he can’t hit big bombs like he’s used to, and there’s going to be some frustration on his part.

“Jon’s focus is on point. When Jon gets on top of someone on the ground, it’s always a bloody mess with elbows, et cetera. He’s got great submissions from there too, and Jon can take Daniel down like you saw last time, there’s no doubt about it. But on the way, there are a lot of strikes that Daniel’s going to run into before he gets taken down.”

If Jones is able to conquer Cormier for a second time, it would likely spell the end of the rivalry between the longtime foes. Jones would then turn his complete attention to other members of the 205-pound division, but a rematch with Gustafsson appears inevitable.

“The Mauler,” who gave Jones arguably the most competitive fight of his career in a unanimous-decision loss at UFC 165 in September 2013, is coming off a fifth-round knockout of Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 109 last month. Afterward, the Swede made some harsh comments, which were not taken lightly by Jones.

Winkeljohn said that when the rematch does happen there will be some new tricks up Jones’ sleeve to allow him to get the job done more decisively than before.

“I have no problem with them doing whatever, talking the way they talk behind the scenes,” Winkeljohn said. “Whatever can get more pay-per-view sales, whatever’s going to make these guys more money and sell the fight, at the end of the day, that’s what you’ve got to do. But I definitely see it being a shorter fight and Jon finishing him.”

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Alexander Gustafsson calls out Jon Jones for taking PEDs, bragging about cocaine use

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UFC light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson is not commonly seen talking badly about his opponents, but he hasn’t held back on former champion Jon Jones.

During a press conference after his beatdown of Glover Teixeira at last month’s UFC Fight Night 109, Gustafsson (18-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) said he didn’t believe Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC) was a “good person.” Jones fired back on Twitter, prompting an exchange that had Gustafsson saying the result of their thrilling UFC 165 encounter would have been different had USADA been in play in September 2013.

During an interview with “The MMA Hour,” the Swedish fighter doubled down on his press conference remarks and said he suspected Jones has used performance enhancing drugs.

“I believe so, I believe so,” Gustafsson said. “I think he’s been doing a lot of stuff that he shouldn’t be doing. It’s tragic to say, but I believe he’s been doing (expletive) he shouldn’t be doing for a long time.”

Asked whether he felt PEDs were in play ahead of Jones’ last battle, a victorious UFC 197 effort over Ovince Saint Preux to which Jones showed up in particularly muscular form, Gustafsson said he wasn’t sure. But asked whether he felt that was the case for his own UFC 165 scrap with Jones, Gustafsson was straightforward.

“I think so, yeah. I think so.” Gustafsson said. “He hadn’t been in the cage for a while when I fought him and stuff like that. I don’t know if he was on it or not for that (Saint Preaux) fight, but I believe when we fought and everything like that. But anyway, it’s history now. And new times are coming. And we probably will fight again some day.”

Gustafsson reiterated how he feels about Jones’ undeniable athletic achievements, dubbing him “probably the greatest fighter we’ve ever seen.” But he was once again very critical of the ex-champ’s attitude – especially his nonchalant approach to recreational drug use during the UFC Summer Kickoff press conference.

“I don’t like how he’s talking on the stage, doing the cocaine thing, with so many young people, kids and everything, looking up to him,” Gustafsson said. “I just feel like, man, come on. I don’t support that stuff at all. So, I just told the media what I think of him.

“He’s been getting caught for everything. It feels like it’s just one thing after the other. But then when he was sitting on the stage with (champion Daniel Cormier), and he just said he did cocaine a week before he fought him. And he’s not even embarrassed telling that stuff; he’s just proud telling that stuff. For me that’s just … You don’t do that, come on.”

Although he was the victor of 2013’s “Fight of the Year” battle with Gustafsson, Jones would later say that he felt he “should have lost” considering all the partying he’d done leading up to it. Asked about his thoughts on Jones’ claims that he wasn’t 100 percent for the scrap, Gustafsson  just doesn’t buy it.

“Well, I don’t know what to say,” Gustafsson said. “I just know he was in shape for that fight. And I was in shape for that fight. And, in many eyes, people believe I won that fight. And this may be one of his excuses. He didn’t dominate me like (he had) been dominating everybody else.

“It was a tight fight. I just think that’s one of his excuses, that maybe he didn’t finish me or he didn’t dominate me, didn’t win every round. So, that’s just the way he talks.”

Gustafsson’s future is unknown. With Jones and Cormier set to rematch at July’s UFC 214 headliner, and fellow contender and friend Jimi Manuwa facing Volkan Oezdemir on the same card, Gustafsson is still unsure whether a third title shot is next for him.

But if he is to face the winner of Cormier-Jones, Gustafsson is fine with whatever outcome.

“I’m excited to see the fight, first of all,” Gustafsson said. “I have to be honest, I like D.C. For me, he’s a worthy champion, he’s a good guy. So I hope he wins. But I wouldn’t say no to a fight against Jon Jones either. That’s the fight that people want to see, and I will fight him. So let’s see what happens.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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