What Happened Last Time?
Both fighters were reluctant to get into a war in the clinch. Jones has immaculate trips in the clinch, and Gustafsson has some strong dirty boxing and knees. That was enough incentive for both fighters to keep their striking at a safe distance.
The big surprise came when Gustafsson easily shrugged off Jones' takedown attempts, or (that one time where he did get taken down) immediately popped back up when things hit the mat. That was a true shock from a fighter who didn't seem all that far removed from being submitted by Phil Davis.
What Have We Seen Since?
There was no real sign in either direction from Gustafsson when he fought Jimi Manuwa. Manuwa is a striker, and really, both of them were content in banging, bro.
Jones, however, was unable to impose his will on Glover Teixeira consistently and acknowledged to reporters that the initial plan was for him to look for takedowns against the Brazilian. That is a serious departure from Jones' first 13 UFC fights, where he took down and roughed up solid wrestlers such as Matt Hamill, Ryan Bader and Chael Sonnen at will.
Will Anything Change?
That will be interesting to see. Again, Jones used to effortlessly dominate even formidable wrestlers in ways that previously seemed impossible. On paper, he should have been able to nail a trip or shot in Round 1 and finish things right then and there against both Teixeira and Gustafsson.
So why didn't he? While it's easy (and completely reasonable) to say Jones whimsically chose to play his opponents' games because he can, he's also smart enough not to risk losing. The doctor could have ended his fight with Gustafsson at any point after his eye socket became ventilated, and Teixeira did wound Jones in Round 2.
How much of that was Jones, perhaps, getting a bit rusty with his wrestling? How much of that was him, perhaps, struggling to deal with physical specimens as impressive as himself? How much of that was him, perhaps, lulling all of us into a falsehood because he is the greatest fighter of all time and can just do that kind of thing?
We'll see. We will definitely see.