Jon Jones Is Confident He Can Defeat Alexander Gustafsson At His Strongest Skills

Posted on September 16, 2013, 10:43 AM by Mike Drahota
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UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones has experience a meteoric rise to the role of being arguably the UFC’s most dominant champion. Since obtaining the belt in early 2011 when he destroyed Shogun Rua, Jones has dispatched a veritable who-who’s of former 205-pound champions like Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

Not one of those big names could really even get close to Jones, and his actual toughest test was against top Middleweight contender Vitor Belfort at UFC 152, where “The Phenom” had Jones in a lot of trouble with an early armbar. Unwilling to tap, Bones weathered the storm to come back and submit Belfort, continuing his reign of dominance.

He was last seen defending his belt against Chael Sonnen in the main event of UFC 159 this April, and the mat did a lot more damage to Jones than “The American Gangster” did. Jones broke his toe in gruesome fashion in the process of thoroughly embarrassing the decorated wrestler Sonnen with an array of his own takedowns.

Jones is now scheduled to face the 6’5” Alexander Gustafsson at this weekend’s UFC 165 from Toronto, and many people think that “The Mauler” is finally the one to give Jones problems. After all, he is the only fighter who is taller than Bones, and his only loss was a submission to his training partner Phil Davis. Gustafsson has learned a lot since that day, and believes he has what it takes to wrest the belt from Jones’ iron grip.

Obviously Jones doesn’t think that to be the case, and while he acknowledges the beliefs that he’s never fought someone like Gus, Jones in fact believes that it’s actually his opponent who has never faced anyone like him. He could be right, as Jones’ funky mix of striking with almost indestructible wrestling and submissions is a tough puzzle to solve.

Jones is looking to put a mark on Gustafsson by defeating him in his strongest skill areas, something he’s made a career of doing. Jones believes that he’s previously fought and beat much more technical strikers than Gustafsson. What do you think?

Check out Jones’ pre-fight interview on Gustafsson from UFC.com:


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  • IGMBurninPiff
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    I don't think Gus is better than Jones' anywhere. I saw the early breakdown article where they gave Gus the edge in submissions. I think that's ridiculous. Who cares if Jones' subs come from an already damaged opponent. That's the point of MMA, if there is a such thing as wrestling and MMA wrestling how isn't it the same with BJJ? I think Jones' is far superior in every area of the fight. Striking would be close if it wasn't for the still insane reach advantage. Jones' is going to dominate Gus to prove a point like he always does.

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  • phildocta
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    off note but i got annoyed every time a commercial came on for this fight and basically making it seem like cuz gus is 1 inch taller like thats gonna make any difference at all.

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  • bantam
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    Gustafsson will run around the ring enough to get through a couple of rounds. If Jones can't stop him standing, he will take him down and elbow him back to Sweden. Gustafsson has a punchers chance.

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  • HATEOCRACY
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    Bones should ask Gus-Gus do he prefer eating his elbow's fried, bbq, boiled, or broiled.

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  • rabble
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    There are a lot of times in which I get a gut feeling that the underdog will be able to pull off the upset.

    This is not one of those times.

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  • cranestyle
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    I think the Mauler has a chance...in Jones vs Gustafsson 2. Since he's never fought a top 5 guy, let alone a champ, I think he's still got a bit of catching up to do.

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  • thexperience1
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    Hmm... i think Gus is being underestimated... this is gonna be fun to watch!

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  • watermelon fresh
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    Jon Jones may actually be able to outstrike Gus. Don't let this fool you though, Jones will shoot in and go for TD first 60 seconds of the fight. I am sure he's more aware now that by not fighting smart can end your reign as champ, after watching Anderson lose. Gus is dangerous, but J Jones will probably dominate.

    Reply 7 months ago
  • Ivy
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    I wish I could disagree. I think JJ has too many tools in his arsenal and he know how to apply them creatively in fights.

    Reply 7 months ago