ALEXANDER GUSTAFSSON (RECORD: 18-4, +235 UNDERDOG, POWER RANKING: A)
The fight game of gustafsson begins with his span. In 6-foot-5 and a 79-inch reach, he’s second only to Jones at the division when it comes to length of light heavyweight’s top fighters. Gustafsson has some of the best footwork in the division. He uses that in conjunction with a top IQ boxing art. He’s got excellent hand speed and is the best fighter at the branch with his ability to throw and connect mixes. He doesn’t have the energy that most of the top light heavyweights have, but he makes up for it with his high work rate, landing 4.18 considerable strikes per minute. His ground game is certainly not his power, but he has excellent takedown defense at 85 percent. At a joint 50 minutes in the cage together with Cormier and Jones, he was just taken down twice.
JON JONES (RECORD: 22-1-1, -255 FAVORITE, FIGHTER GRADE: A++)
The long time Jackson’s MMA merchandise is the top fighter in the world for many reasons. To begin, physically he’s very talented in that his 84.5″ inch achieve is right near the surface of the sport. Jones uses his length very well. He lands a whopping 2.29 significant strikes a second more than he consumes. That puts him right near the top of this UFC in that regard. He combines that with 95 percent takedown defense. He mixes that defensive prowess having a creative striking game using a lot of unorthodox kicks.
On the ground, Jones has as brutal of earth and pound as anybody in MMA. He delivers vicious elbows at prime controller and is capable of completing in any fight from that position. If there’s any weakness in Jones’ match, it’s absence of big-time power.
In a rematch of the greatest battles in the history of this UFC, Jones will once again look to become the light heavyweight champion of the world as he takes on one of his main competitions in Gustafsson. Both fighters are returning from extensive layoffs, so off the bat there are some question marks on ring rust and if there has been some regression in abilities. What’s more, the fight being transferred from Las Vegas to Los Angeles on less than two weeks’ notice forcing changes fight week preparation creates more innuendo round the bout. With both fighters affected, one must handicap that aspect a clean and look at it strictly from a competitive perspective.
Though the sample size is modest, Jones has had perhaps his biggest battles with long, rangy fighters. The battle of his career was his first battle with Gustafsson. The Swede landed 110 significant strikes because bout in comparison to this 134 landed by the American. Bearing that in mind, Gustafsson threw 71 more important strikes during the fight. Gus was more busy, but Jones landed the larger, more meaningful punches particularly in the subsequent rounds. Since Jones has added more muscle because this bout, expect power to be more of a element in this bout. Gustafsson will have confidence from that very first fight, but the X Factor is Jones’ increased power allowing him to land devastating blows.
This should be another classic, but Gustafsson’s shortage of one punch knockout power is going to be his undoing since Jones will have the ability to take control in stretching knocking Gustafsson backwards. In the end, expect this particular bout to go to the scorecards with Jones once more continuing his tremendous run near the top of the light heavyweight division.
Prediction: Jones by choice +225 is your best drama on this fight.