ALEXANDER GUSTAFSSON (RECORD: 18-4, +235 UNDERDOG, POWER RANKING: A)
Gustafsson’s battle game starts with his span. In 6-foot-5 along with a 79-inch hit, he’s second only to Jones at the branch when it comes to length of light heavyweight’s best fighters. Gustafsson has some of the best footwork from the division. He utilizes that in combination with a high IQ boxing prowess. He’s got excellent hand speed and is the best fighter at the division with his ability to throw and join mixes. He doesn’t possess the energy that the majority of the top light heavyweights have, but he makes up for it with his high work rate, landing 4.18 significant strikes per minute. His ground game is certainly not his strength, but he has excellent takedown defense at 85 percent. At a combined 50 minutes in the cage with Cormier and Jones, he was just taken down two.
JON JONES (RECORD: 22-1-1, -255 FAVORITE, FIGHTER GRADE: A++)
The time Jackson’s MMA merchandise is the top fighter in the world for a lot of reasons. To begin, physically he’s very talented because his 84.5″ inch reach is right near the surface of the game. Jones uses his span. He lands a whopping 2.29 significant strikes a minute more than he consumes. He places him right near the very top of the UFC in that regard. He combines that with 95% takedown defense. He mixes that defensive art having a creative striking game by means of a great deal of unorthodox kicks.
On the floor, Jones has as barbarous of ground and pound as anybody in MMA. He delivers barbarous elbows at top controller and is capable of finishing in any struggle from that position. If there’s any weakness in Jones’ match, it’s lack of big-time power.
In a rematch of the best battles in the history of the UFC, Jones will once more look to become the light heavyweight champion of the world as he takes on one of the main rivals in Gustafsson. Both fighters are returning from extensive layoffs, so off the bat there are some question marks on ring rust and when there has been some regression in skills. Furthermore, the fight being transferred from Las Vegas to Los Angeles on less than two weeks’ notice compelling changes struggle week prep generates more innuendo around the bout. With both fighters influenced, an individual must handicap that facet 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 fight with Gustafsson. The Swede landed 110 significant strikes because bout compared to this 134 acquired by the American. With that in mind, Gustafsson threw 71 more significant strikes throughout the fight. Gus was more busy, but Jones landed the bigger, more meaningful punches particularly in the subsequent rounds. As Jones has added more muscle because this bout, expect power to be more of a element in this bout. Gustafsson will have optimism from this first fight, however, the X Factor is Jones’ increased power permitting him to land devastating blows.
This is supposed to be another classic, however Gustafsson’s lack of one punch knockout power will be his undoing as Jones will have the ability to take control in stretches knocking Gustafsson backwards. In the end, anticipate this bout to go to the scorecards with Jones once more continuing his tremendous run at the peak of the light heavyweight division.
Prediction: Jones by decision +225 is the best drama on this fight.