When the time is right, Gustafsson needs to make sure he’s within range of Jones to deliver the necessary shots. He’s got an excellent reach but everyone knows “Bones” has the best. Also, testing the champ’s chin is important since he’s only been blasted a few times in his career. Trying to land some elbows when clinched might be a good idea as well based on the possibility of opening up a cut that changes the bout’s dynamics. All those things require the need to be close. In that regard Gustafsson shouldn’t be afraid to push the pace at times and take Jones out of his comfort zone along the way.
There aren’t a lot of people outside of Sweden picking UFC light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson tonight in his main event match-up with champion Jon Jones at UFC 165. Though “The Mauler” is definitely a top shelf 205er, Jones has been virtually untouchable since showing up on the scene and defeating a number of highly-touted adversaries. However, no outcome is guaranteed in the Octagon, and Gustafsson could definitely bring home a win if he approaches Jones with the right gameplan. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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