Although the general buzz seems to be that Jon Jones will still be light-heavyweight champ Sunday morning after UFC 165, there is a camp of fans and pundits who believe Alexander Gustafsson might test the renowned fighter. The reason being that Gustafsson is pretty much the same size as Jones, and is also a dangerous striker that might actually be able to land some telling shots on the champ (since several top tier fighters failed in that regard). Of course other folks believe Jones will likely take “The Mauler” to the mat and, maul him in his own and violent way from the top.
Not surprisingly, the 26 year-old champion has continued to say he isn’t buying into the hype that surrounds Gustafsson, and in the latest “UFC Tonight” he echoed those sentiments. Here is some of what the#1, P4P fighter had to say about his opponent, and why fans should catch their headliner Saturday night (comments via FOX Sports press release).
“I think Alexander uses his reach really well, but he doesn’t use his as well as I use mine. If you watch his fights, he gets hit in the face a lot. He does a lot of things that I do, but I think I do them better.”
“You’ll be able to witness a dream come true. You’ll see me surpass Tito’s record. I’m more dominant than ever. My cardio is better than ever. My tactics are better than ever. It’ll be domination baby!”
Since Jones put away “Shogun” Rua in 2011 to become champion, he’s defended the title versus “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen to tie Tito’s record at 5. If you look at Saturday’s betting lines, the oddsmakers clearly believe the new record will be 6. Gustafsson is a huge underdog currently in the +590 to +760 range.
UFC 165 will be hosted by Toronto’s Air Canada Centre and will also feature interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao fighting Eddie Wineland.
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