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Alexander Gustafsson Sees Jon Jones as the Greatest Test in His Career

Posted on by Jeff Cain

Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on Fox 5UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones now sits atop the pound-for-pound rankings.  He’s the youngest fighter to ever win a UFC title.  He is currently riding the longest winning streak in UFC light heavyweight history with nine consecutive wins.  He’s tall, athletic, intelligent and driven.

Jones faces Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 on September 21 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Jones is a lot of things, but in the eyes of the challenger, he’s the biggest fight of Gustafsson’s six-year career.

“I see the greatest test in my career,” said Gustafsson on Tuesday at a press conference promoting the upcoming event.  “He’s the champion for a reason.  I’m so ready for this fight.  I’m very motivated.”

The 26-year old Swede is on a six-fight winning streak.  The only blemish on his 15-1 record came in April 2010 when he lost to Phil Davis by submission.  He is coming off a win over former titleholder Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in December and hopes to add a victory over the current champion to his resume.

“I’m so pumped for this fight,” he said.  “He’s a complete fighter.  He’s the champion.  I have to be aware of everything he throws.”

UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson also features the UFC interim bantamweight championship fight between titleholder Renan Barao and Eddie Wineland.

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  • Baller31

    Well….duh

    • shakejunt

      end thread

  • Carlos

    I’m surprised they’re even making an article about this. Stating the obvious.

    • Werdoomb

      Well, they had shiiitier articles before.

  • Texas Beast

    Too bad Jon jones only sees him as another win. Alexander doesn’t have jones wrestling to compete. Phil Davis can not teach unorthodox striking or wrestling.

  • Marc Livingood

    He will knock out Jones he is the first guy who is the same size. Most fights with Jones look like a man fighting a 10 year old. A couple of hard leg kicks and Jones is done he will never out strike this guy and I don’t think he will be able to grab him with out getting punched. Alexander needs leg kicks and foot stomps if he try’s to clinch. Prepare for a brutal knock out loss.

    • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

      I do think Gustaf deserves more credit but they are still not the same size. Jones reach is 84.5 and Gustaf is 76.5. But I do think Gustaf is well rounded enough to give Jones a good fight. I think everyone is counting out Gustaf just b/c he lost to Phil Davis who also only has one loss. Gustaf, Davis and Glover Tex are the last guys in that division for Jones to face.

    • kbroesq

      I like Gustaffsson a lot, but I really don’t think he’s going to be much different than any other opponent. Sure, he’s tall, but he’s very skinny (more so than Jones) and he doesn’t have a very long reach for his height. If I remember correctly, it’s significantly less than Jones.

      It’s as good a fight as can be made at 205 right now (except for maybe Texiera, although I think the result there would be the same), but I just don’t see Gustafsson winning here.

      But hey, I thought Silva was going to beat Weidman and look what happened. Now we can always say: “crazier things have happened.”

    • shakejunt

      the weidman upset must have people feelin risky. dare you to bet money on gus.

      the guy who got anaconda’d by phil davis is gonna manage to not get choked out by jones? … ooooooook

    • nahom

      he cant throw kicks because he will take gustaf down. it will be boxing only or ground game

  • Kenji Kent

    Jon jones will finish via submission or tko. It won’t go the distance

    • shakejunt

      we certainly disagree about munoz, but you’re on the money right here.

  • tyrone

    Gus can definately win this. Think he should be very elusive and make jones come after him then strike.ive watched gus move side to side using the entire outside perimeter of ring and hes quicker doing this than i can run full speed.shock the world like chris weidman did, he is now the most famous man in the woooorrrrrlllllllldddddddd!!!!!!

  • stece

    I don’t know.. A motivated Matteo Minnonzio is not to be taken lightly