Any fans feeling as though certain fighters were unbeatable got a wakeup call over the summer when Anderson Silva was knocked out cold by Chris Weidman. Though Jon Jones isn’t likely to showboat a la Silva, top contender Alexander Gustafsson definitely has the making of a man who could do the unthinkable and take the belt “Bones” currently owns. Gustafsson should be in tremendous shape after losing out on an April effort due to a cut, while Jones is coming off arm and foot injuries. “The Mauler” also has the range to avoid some of the strikes Jones is able to land on less-lanky foes, not to mention a respectable kickboxing arsenal and underrated wrestling. He’s not a lock to win by any means but Gustafsson should definitely give Jones a real go in the Octagon.
As has been said countless times on this site, one of the most beautiful aspects of Mixed Martial Arts as a sport involves the inherent unpredictability of fighting. All it takes is one punch, a split-second mistake on the ground, or an untimely injury to turn an underdog into a winner or even champion. UFC 165 isn’t likely to be an exception to the rule, and though it’s impossible to know exactly who will be left standing when the smoke clears on September 21, there’s no doubt a few upsets are on the horizon. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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