UFC president Dana White recently announced via Twitter that Sweden’s most imposing MMA prospect, Alexander Gustafsson (15-1), is indeed set to challenge light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones (18-1), following months of speculation and rumours.

With Jones resting off the graphic broken toe injury, complete with ligament damage suffered when defeating Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 in April, the bout is expected to headline UFC 165 in Toronto, Canada.

Light blows have already been dealt via Twitter, Jones stated: “Fighting me is not good for your image @alexthemauler FYI.”

Gustafsson (pictured) countered sharply, highlighting the fact that Jones’ two most recent title defences, while dominant as usual, have been against former middleweight contenders, “@jonnybones if you think of what is good for your image, maybe you should continue to fight this 185ers??”

Riding a dominant wave of his own, Gustafsson has marched through his last 6-opponents, putting on a varied display of confident grappling alongside precision striking. ‘The Mauler’ most recently cruised to a unanimous decision against former 205lb champion Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua in December of 2012, with Jones having previously dethroned Rua via TKO to claim the title in 2011.

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