JONES VS GUSTAFSSON UFC 232 BETTING ODDS PICKS AND PREDICTIONS
ALEXANDER GUSTAFSSON (RECORD: 18-4, +235 UNDERDOG, POWER RANKING: A)
Gustafsson’s fight game begins with his length. At 6-foot-5 and a 79-inch reach, he’s second only to Jones in the division in regards to length of light heavyweight’s best fighters. Gustafsson has some of the best footwork in the division. He uses that in combination with a top IQ boxing prowess. He’s got excellent hand speed and will be the best fighter at the branch with his ability to throw and join combinations. He does not have the energy that most 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 strength, but he has excellent takedown defense at 85 percent. In a combined 50 minutes in the cage together 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 very best fighter in the world for a lot of reasons. To begin, physically he’s very gifted in that his 84.5″ inch reach is right near the surface of the game. Jones uses his length. He lands a whopping 2.29 significant strikes a minute more than he absorbs. That puts him right near the very top of this UFC in that regard. He combines that with 95 percent takedown defense. He mixes that defensive art having a creative striking game using a lot of unorthodox kicks.
On the ground, Jones has as barbarous of earth and pound as anyone in MMA. He delivers vicious elbows at top control and is capable of completing in any struggle with that position. If there’s any weakness in Jones’ game, it’s lack of big-time power.
In a rematch of one the best battles in the history of the UFC, Jones will once more look to become the light heavyweight champion of the world because he takes on one of the main rivals in Gustafsson. Both fighters are returning 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 moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles on less than two weeks’ notice forcing changes fight week preparation creates more innuendo around the bout. With both fighters affected, an individual must handicap that facet a wash and look at it strictly from a competitive standpoint.
While the sample size is modest, Jones has had maybe his main battles with long, rangy fighters. The fight of his career was his first battle with Gustafsson. The Swede landed 110 significant strikes because bout compared to the 134 landed by the American. With that in mind, Gustafsson threw 71 more important strikes during the fight. Gus was more busy, but Jones landed the larger, more meaningful punches particularly in the subsequent rounds. As Jones has more muscle because that bout, expect power to be more of a factor in this bout. Gustafsson will have confidence from that very first battle, however, the X Factor is Jones’ increased electricity allowing him to land more devastating blows.
This is supposed to be another classic, however Gustafsson’s lack of one punch knockout power is going to 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 near the peak of the light heavyweight division.
Prediction: Jones by decision +225 is your best drama on this particular fight.