Perspective on Gus/Jones: Frazier and Ali trilogy

Discussion in 'UFC Discussion' started by Ace1988, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. Ace1988

    Ace1988 Purple Belt

    Oct 18, 2011
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    Many are freaking out because Gus isn't getting and immediate rematch with Jones, acting as though this "blatant ducking" will ruin their legacies forever because the opportunity for an epic rematch is ruined.


    The greatest fight trilogy of all time is Ali and Frazier, who both fought first in 1971. Frazier was 27 and Ali was 29.

    By the way, I am not comparing Jones and Gus to them in terms of greatness/legacy, rather just in context of their age and the fact that rivalries don't need to be settled immediately.

    Ali and Frazier's first fight was an incredible clash of styles with Frazier securing a last round knockdown to put the fight away. They were both clearly the best two heavyweights in the world along with a young George Foreman coming up. Frazier was 27 and Ali was 29 (both older than Jones and Gus). Everyone would have loved the rematch.

    When did they next fight? Nearly 3 years later in 1974.

    Part 3, the brutal and incredible "Thrilla in Manilla" was almost 2 years after that and cemented both fighters into history.

    My point is that Gustafsson fighting one more fight (not 3 years!) before a rematch won't diminish anything between the two. MMA fans should have some patience and not let their desire for immediate "justice" to cloud their judgment about a potentially historic rivalry.
  2. overton

    overton White Belt

    Aug 6, 2010
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    Jones will surely lose to Glover and then Alex will win against Glover and defend his belt against Jones.

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