ALEXANDER GUSTAFSSON (RECORD: 18-4, +235 UNDERDOG, POWER RANKING: A)
Gustafsson’s battle game starts with his length. In 6-foot-5 and a 79-inch hit, he’s second only to Jones in the branch when it comes to length of light heavyweight’s top fighters. Gustafsson has some of the best footwork in the branch. He utilizes that in conjunction with a high IQ boxing prowess. He’s got excellent hand speed and is the best boxer in the division together with his ability to throw and join combinations. He doesn’t have the power that the majority of the best 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 surely not his power, but he has excellent takedown defense at 85 percent. At a combined 50 minutes in the cage together with Cormier and Jones, he was only taken down twice.
JON JONES (RECORD: 22-1-1, -255 FAVORITE, FIGHTER GRADE: A++)
The time that is very long Jackson’s MMA product is the very best fighter in the world for a lot of reasons. To start, physically he is very talented because his 84.5″ inch achieve is right near the surface of the sport. Jones uses his length. He lands a whopping 2.29 significant strikes a minute more than he absorbs. That places him right near the very top of this UFC in that regard. He combines that with 95 percent takedown defense. He blends that defensive art having a creative striking game using a lot of unorthodox kicks.
On the floor, Jones has as brutal of ground and pound as anybody in MMA. He delivers barbarous elbows in prime control and is capable of completing in any struggle from that position. If there’s any weakness in Jones’ match, it’s absence of big-time power.
In a rematch of the best fights in the history of this UFC, Jones will once again look to develop into the light heavyweight champion of the world because he takes on one of his main rivals in Gustafsson. Both fighters are coming from extensive layoffs, so off the bat there are several question marks on ring rust and when there has been any regression in skills. What’s more, the fight being transferred from Las Vegas to Los Angeles on less than fourteen days’ notice compelling changes struggle week preparation creates even more innuendo around the bout. With both fighters affected, one must handicap that facet a clean and look at it strictly from a competitive standpoint.
Though the sample size is small, Jones has had perhaps his biggest struggles with long, rangy fighters. The toughest fight of his career was his first fight with Gustafsson. The Swede landed 110 significant strikes in that bout compared to the 134 acquired by the American. With that in mind, Gustafsson threw 71 more significant strikes during the struggle. Gus was certainly more active, but Jones landed the bigger, more purposeful punches particularly in the later rounds. As Jones has added more muscle because this bout, expect electricity to be even more of a element in this bout. Gustafsson will have confidence from this very first fight, but the X Factor is Jones’ increased electricity permitting him to land devastating blows.
This should be another classic, but Gustafsson’s shortage of a single punch knockout power is going to be his undoing since Jones is going to be able 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 enormous run near the peak of the light heavyweight division.
Prediction: Jones by choice +225 is your best drama on this particular fight.