UFC ENDS YEAR WITH TWO THRILLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS
Las Vegas – UFC will put an exclamation point on 2018 with a pair of blockbuster world championship fights. In a bout to crown a new light heavyweight champion, former titleholder Jon Jones will take on No.1 contender Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch of their 2013 classic. Also, women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg aims for her third successful defense against bantamweight titleholder Amanda Nunes. UFC 232 takes place Saturday, Dec. 29 from T-Mobile Arena and will air live on Pay-Per-View.
The most dominant light heavyweight champion ever, Jones is looking to regain his spot atop the division. During his previous reign, he earned spectacular victories over Daniel Cormier, Glover Teixeira, Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida and Quinton Jackson. His first encounter with Gustafsson yielded arguably the greatest light heavyweight championship fight in UFC history. He’s now ready to run it back against one of the toughest tests of his career.
A two-time title challenger, Gustafsson is hoping the third time will prove to be the charm. A talented and devastating striker, he has netted incredible wins against Glover Teixeira, Jimi Manuwa, Shogun Rua, Vladimir Matyushenko and Matt Hamill. Though he came up short against Jones in their first bout, he came close to edging the then-champ on judges’ scorecards. He is now gunning to even the score and capture UFC gold.
The first and only women’s featherweight champion, Cyborg has not lost a bout in over 13 years. Throughout her storied career, she has secured thrilling victories over former bantamweight champ Holly Holm, Yana Kunitskaya, Tonya Evinger, Marloes Coenen and Gina Carano. She’s now poised to put on another vintage performance and deliver her 18th career knockout victory.
Nunes looks to make history by becoming the first female two-division champ in UFC history. During her current run of dominance, she’s picked up impressive wins against UFC Hall of Fame inductee and inaugural titleholder Ronda Rousey, former champ Miesha Tate, Valentina Shevchenko, Raquel Pennington and Sara McMann. She now plays the role of underdog against the most destructive women’s fighter the sport has ever seen.
Additional bouts on the card include:
- Condit welcomes dangerous finisher Michael Chiesa to the 170-pound division
- In a clash of light heavyweight contenders, No.4-ranked Ilir Latifi looks to keep his momentum rolling against surging No.7 Corey Anderson
- Two-time featherweight title challenger and No.5-ranked contender Chad Mendes squares off with rising No.11 Alexander Volkanovski
- Former heavyweight champ and No.13-ranked contender Andrei Arlovski aims to rebound against hard-hitting Walt Harris
- No.6-ranked women’s bantamweight contender Cat Zingano moves up to featherweight to face former Invicta champ Megan Anderson
- Former two-division champion BJ Penn returns against The Ultimate Fighter winner Ryan Hall
- No.14-ranked bantamweight contender Douglas Silva de Andrade takes on fellow hot prospect Petr Yan
- Tom Duquesnoy meets Nathaniel Wood in a battle of bantamweight prospects
- No.12-ranked middleweight contender Uriah Hall meets Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series contract winner Bevon Lewis
- Curtis Millender locks horns with seasoned veteran Siyar Bahadurzada
For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.
UFC 232 will air live from T-Mobile Arena on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Saturday, Dec. 29, with the prelims kicking off the evening on FS1 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m.