For the first time in just 17 months, arguably the UFC’s best fighter graces the Octagon again as Jon”Bones” Jones has his highly anticipated rematch against Alexander”The Mauler” Gustafsson for the light heavyweight championship in UFC 232. The former winner, Jones, won the first battle back at UFC 165 at 2013 and can be a -300 favored with this fight with the challenger, Gustafsson, coming back at +230.
The odds are a lot tighter than they were the very first time that Jones and Gustafsson fought over five years ago as Jones closed as a -800 favorite because struggle with Gustafsson coming back at +550. The battle was really close with many believing that the Sweden native edged from the New Yorker to claim the championship, but the judges saw it in favour of Jones for a unanimous-decision victory.
Many people will jump on the fact that Bones has tested positive for performance enhancers in two of his last three fights, both against Daniel Cormier, also didn’t seem like himself when he had been”clean” contrary to Ovince Saint Preux. In the OSP struggle, however, Jones outstruck his opponent 111-58 and landed three takedowns to get a unanimous-decision triumph. The other area of concern is a long layoff to the former champ but that is not a element in this struggle as Gustafsson has been out more than Jones dealing with accidents. I believe that the opening chances are where they should be and that I would not be surprised to find the line move just a little bit in Gustafsson’s favor.
Recently, Jones had a test that showed some turinabol, the substance that he was suspended for 15 months for, nevertheless in his substance. The Nevada State Athletic Commission did not have enough time to examine all of the science behind this so the struggle was moved to The Forum in Inglewood, California because their commission has been coping with this drug when it comes to Jones for the last year and a half. USADA has said this was not a new ingestion of the banned substance and therefore are letting him compete.
Breaking down Jones vs Gustafsson II
Jones (-300) is a very creative and talented fighter, using a high-level fight IQ along with above-average wrestling. Bones has shown to several occasions (his first battle vs Gustafsson) that the heart of a winner as he has survived a lot of damage but continues pushing forward en route to a 22-1 record with his only loss being a disqualification. The 31-year-old’s final bout saw him knock Daniel Cormier out with a head kick, however, the fight was overturned to a no contest following a failed drug test.
Gustafsson (+230) is an exceptional fighter with excellent cardio who has no problem rising to the occasion. As mentioned above, his initial scrap with Jones was an epic war that left many wondering whose hand could be raised at the end of the 25 minutes. The Mauler put in a similar attempt against Daniel Cormier at UFC 192, but once again came up empty-handed. The Sweden native just has two additional losses on his record, a submission loss to Phil Davis in his second UFC fight along with a knockout in the hands of this ever-dangerous Anthony Johnson in 2015. The 31-year-old hasn’t entered the Octagon since his dominant knockout victory over Glover Teixeira in May of 2017.
Jon outstruck Gustafsson 137-114 within their very first meeting while every fighter landed a takedown. Both fighters were left bruised, battered and bloodied however, it was Jones who left his hands raised. Ever since, The Mauler was calling for a rematch while Bones went on to conquer three other challengers, such as Daniel Cormier twice.
It will be interesting to see what developments each fighter has made during the previous year and a half. Of course, Gustafsson was coping with injuries, while Jones has been working on his craft while on suspension. The New York native said that he did not train for his first bout with the Sweden native and that’s why it was so close. We will find out whether he was telling the truth on December 29 in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada for UFC 232.
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