The last time we saw Jon “Bones” Jones and Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson throw down, it was an instant classic. So what is in the cards for round two? Well, that’s where things get interesting.
Many thought Jones actually lost the first bout despite winning via Unanimous decision. The truth of the matter is that “Bones” did win but not by too much of a margin. Going into the second match-up, you can expect both fighters to be more attuned to what the other is doing. But this is exactly what Jones wants from “The Mauler.”
What makes Jon Jones great as a champion is his ability to win the mental aspect and preparation aspect of a fight.
In the case of his last opponent (or victim) Glover Teixeira, “Bones” went in with a gameplan designed to attack Teixeira’s weakest part of his game, his wrestling. But during the fight, Jones discovered a flaw in Glover’s clinch game and attacked with an assortment of elbows and knees and ultimately destroyed him.
This is the threat that Alexander Gustafsson now faces; if he studies his last fight with Jones or others in his career and commits a gameplan towards what he believes is Jones’ game, he can be falling into a trap. Or worse, he may reveal weaknesses that “Bones” will absolutely jump on.
After all, Jones did land a number of key hits against “The Mauler.” But speaking of key hits, Jonny “Bones” must not take Gustafsson lightly; he was knocked down a few times as well and the fact that “The Mauler” is one of the few fighters (he may very well be the only one) who can match “Bones” stature and size makes him a threat.
Jones still wins the reach battle with his record arm reach of 84” inches versus Gustafsson’s 81.2” inches. No matter what the result is it will be an amazing rematch and one for the ages. The only bad thing; we have to wait until September 27 to tune in. For UFC and sports news
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