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Jones vs. Gustafsson: Bones Will Overwhelm the Mauler at UFC 165

Apr 27, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Jon Jones  during a press conference after UFC 159 at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent ISeptember 21, 2013

Jon Jones will face his toughest challenge yet at UFC 165 when he steps into the Octagon with Alexander Gustafsson, but those expecting him to lose will be disappointed.

"Bones" Jones usually towers over his opponents in the light heavyweight division, but the Swedish fighter known as "The Mauler" actually has a slight height advantage in this fight. 

Dec 30, 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Alexander Gustafsson (right) fights against Vladimir Matyushenko during a light featherweight bout at UFC 141 at the MGM Grand Garden event center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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One doesn't earn the moniker The Mauler by accident, either. The Swede has a professional record of 15-1, with nine of his victories coming by way of knockout. He's earned that nickname, and there's no doubt he has enough power to knock out the champ if he catches him unawares. 

But Gustafsson isn't as multidimensional as Jones, and he won't be able to stand up to the wide array of weaponry he's going to face this weekend. 

Furthermore, Bones isn't known for getting caught napping, and he won't be waiting for Gustafsson to come to him, anyway. 

Jones will come out as the aggressor in this fight. He'll use his outstanding repertoire of moves to set up The Mauler for destruction, overwhelming him with pressure from every possible angle.

The champ may be the shorter fighter, but he has a distinct reach advantage, as noted by Sherdog.com's Reed Kuhn—84.5 inches for Jones compared to just 81 inches for Gustafsson.

And though Jones is best known for being one of the best wrestlers in UFC history, he's also adept at utilizing his long arms and legs with great effect. According to UFC.com, Jones lands 52.67 percent of his attempted "significant strikes."

Speaking of significant strikes, the only loss on Jones' record came back in 2009 when he was disqualified for illegal elbows. 

Essentially, Bones is an undefeated champion.

Furthermore, he's not the only one in this fight capable of winning by way of knockout. He, like The Mauler, has nine KOs to his credit.

Making matters worse, as far as Gustafsson is concerned, is the fact that Bones can take him down to the mat and dominate him with his wrestling/grappling game. 

Simply put, though Dana White and his team of organizers would have you believe The Mauler has a chance of winning this Saturday night, Bones will be able to overwhelm his opponent in every conceivable way when the two of them step into the Octagon.

Whether it's with a devastating strike to the head, a boa constrictor-esque submission or a good old-fashioned ground-and-pound attack, Jones will retain his title on Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

 

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