Jones has only gone the distance one time as champion. While his cardio wasn’t necessarily suspect, it’s clear he’s used to ending action early. Meanwhile, Gustafsson has yet to fight in a five-rounder. He needs to be 100% ready to go hard hard for 25 minutes. Though it may not be likely, Gustafsson could even catch a break in that Jones’ conditioning may not be as good as usual based on the potential effect his injured foot had when it came to certain drills in the gym. However, it won't mean anything if Gustafsson isn't prepared to dig deep in the championship frames.
There aren’t a lot of people outside of Sweden picking UFC light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson tonight in his main event match-up with champion Jon Jones at UFC 165. Though “The Mauler” is definitely a top shelf 205er, Jones has been virtually untouchable since showing up on the scene and defeating a number of highly-touted adversaries. However, no outcome is guaranteed in the Octagon, and Gustafsson could definitely bring home a win if he approaches Jones with the right gameplan. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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