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Alexander Gustafsson calls for Jon Jones rematch — with UFC title on the line

A rematch between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson has been talked about — and even scheduled — ever since they first squared off in 2013.

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With a return to MMA nearing for Jon Jones, Alexander Gustafsson is calling his shot.

The UFC light heavyweight contender wants a rematch against Jones, who was recently suspended 15 months by USADA, the UFC’s anti-doping partner. Jones, who failed a drug test related to his UFC 214 rematch against Daniel Cormier in July 2017, is eligible to return to the cage next month.

With Cormier, the current heavyweight and light heavyweight champion, likely fighting Brock Lesnar next, Gustafsson hopes to fight Jones for the 205-pound belt should “DC” vacate it.

“Congratulations @jonnybones I’m really glad u are back!” Gustafsson wrote Thursday on Instagram. “@dc_mma is aiming for Brock... so let’s give the fans another legendary fight for the belt.”

Gustafsson challenged Jones for the light heavyweight title in 2013, losing a close — and perhaps even controversial — decision in a back-and-forth war.

The Swede hasn’t competed since a May 2017 stoppage win over Glover Teixeira. He was expected to face Volkan Oezdemir last month, but he was forced out of the contest due to an injury.

Jones last fought Cormier, initially knocking him out in the third round, re-capturing the light heavyweight title, which he has never actually lost in the cage. But after testing positive, Cormier was reinstated as champ.

UFC president Dana White told media at the UFC 229 press conference Thursday that no plans are in place just yet for Jones’ return.