While it seems like fans are generally excited to see Jon Jones throw down with Alexander Gustafsson, since the challenger has been on a pretty impressive run as of late, it doesn’t sound like most people expect the champ’s reign to come to an end. After all, we are talking about a man who has cruised through several former champs and hasn’t really been tested in the Octagon thus far.
That said, Gustafsson does have some qualities and abilities, which on paper, could lead to an interesting bout at UFC 165. While speaking to RM Sports recently, “The Mauler” had this to say about why he believes he’ll be the first man to defeat the light-heavyweight king (yes, excluding Jones’ DQ loss to Matt Hamill).
“Everybody’s got weaknesses. Jones has weaknesses. He hasn’t got pushed yet. He hasn’t fought a fighter like me before. I’m faster, I’m about the same size, better footwork, I move, so I’m focused on what I’m going to do. I don’t focus that much on the opponent. It’s not about Jon Jones, it’s the same with everyone…I’ll study my opponent but I focus more on what I’m going to do.”
“I know that belt is mine. I can’t wait to have it around my waist. I’m really excited to shock the world.”
It’s a compelling match-up, no question, but if Gustafsson wins it will certainly be a “shock.” Case in point, the betting lines currently have the Swedish fighter as a huge underdog in the +400 to +550 range.
UFC 165 will be hosted by Toronto’s Air Canada Centre and the card will also feature interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao fighting Eddie Wineland.
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