For the first time in exactly 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 fight back at UFC 165 at 2013 and is a -300 favorite with this fight with all the challenger, Gustafsson, coming back in +230.
Odds Analysis
The odds are a lot tighter than they had been the very first time that Jones and Gustafsson fought five years back as Jones closed as a -800 favorite in that fight with Gustafsson coming back in +550. The fight was extremely close with many thinking the Sweden native edged out the New Yorker to claim the tournament, but the judges saw it in favor of Jones for a unanimous-decision victory.
A lot of people will jump on the fact that Bones has tested positive for performance enhancers at just two of his last three fights, both contrary to Daniel Cormier, also did not look like himself when he was”clean” against Ovince Saint Preux. In the OSP fight, though, Jones outstruck his opponent 111-58 and landed three takedowns for a unanimous-decision win. Another area of concern is a very long layoff to the former champ but that is not a element in this fight as Gustafsson has been out longer than Jones coping with injuries. I think that the opening chances are where they should be and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the line move a little bit in Gustafsson’s favor.
Recently, Jones had a test that revealed some turinabol, the material he was suspended for 15 months for, nevertheless in his substance. The Nevada State Athletic Commission didn’t have enough time to examine all the science behind this so the fight was transferred to The Forum in Inglewood, California as their commission was coping with this drug as it pertains to Jones for the last year and a half. USADA has stated that this was not a new ingestion of the banned substance and therefore are allowing him to compete.
Breaking down Jones vs Gustafsson II
Jones (-300) is an extremely creative and talented fighter, using a high-level battle IQ along with above-average wrestling. Bones has revealed to a few occasions (his first battle vs Gustafsson) that the center of a champion as he has survived a lot of damage but continues pushing forward en route to a 22-1 record together with his only loss being a disqualification. The 31-year-old’s final bout saw him knock Daniel Cormier out with a head kick, but the struggle was overturned into a no contest following a failed drug test.
Gustafsson (+230) is an exceptional boxer with fantastic cardio who doesn’t have a difficulty rising to the occasion. As mentioned previously, his initial scrap with Jones was an epic war which left many wondering whose hands would be increased in the end of the 25 minutes. The Mauler put in a similar effort against Daniel Cormier at UFC 192, but once again came empty-handed. The Sweden native just has two additional losses on his record, a entry loss to Phil Davis in his next UFC fight along with a knockout in the hands of the ever-dangerous Anthony Johnson at 2015. The 31-year-old has not entered the Octagon because his dominant knockout victory over Glover Teixeira in May of 2017.
Jon outstruck Gustafsson 137-114 in their very first meeting while every fighter landed a takedown. Both fighters were left bruised, battered and bloodied but it was Jones who left his hands raised. Ever since, The Mauler has been calling for a rematch while Bones proceeded to conquer three other challengers, such as Daniel Cormier twice.
It will be interesting to see what improvements each fighter has made during the last year and a half. Of course, Gustafsson was dealing with accidents, while Jones was working on his craft while on suspension. The New York native said that he didn’t train for his first bout with the Sweden native and that is the reason why it was so snug. We will figure 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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