Championship Bout Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson

The wait has been long, but the moment is finally here: After a year of waiting, Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson are finally set to fight for the UFC light heavyweight championship.

Saturday’s main event at UFC 165 is not only a meeting of top contenders, but it’s also a battle of styles that could produce some excellent action inside the cage.

Jones will enter the fight as the champion and with plenty of support from his fans, but he won’t have a size advantage over his opponent. Gustafsson is taller than Jones by three inches and has a longer reach, which may cause him to be the favorite in some circles.

The key to this fight is whether Gustafsson can use his length while keeping Jones on the outside so he can’t use his wrestling. If he can keep it standing up, there’s no question that he’ll be able to outpoint Jones on the feet. But if Jones gets inside on him and uses his strength to put him on his back, it could be a long night for Gustafsson.

On Saturday, September 21st the UFC will host its first event in Sweden, and the main event is a match-up between two top contenders in the light heavyweight division. With current champion Jon Jones, who has dominated every opponent he has faced in his young career, set to take on his toughest opponent yet in Alexander Gustafsson, it should be an exciting night of fights.

The card will take place at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, and tickets are available on the UFC’s website. The card will be broadcasted live on pay-per-view with a start time of 10:00pm EST.

To get you prepared for this fight I thought a breakdown of each fighter could be helpful.

MMA fighter Jon “Bones” Jones and Alexander Gustafsson will face off in a UFC Light Heavyweight title bout in Toronto on Sept. 21.

Jones is a three-time light heavyweight champion, and holds the record for the most consecutive title defenses. Gustafsson is ranked the No. 1 contender for the belt, with victories over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

Jon Jones has been a dominant champion for the past few years. He has beaten just about everyone in the light heavyweight division. His only loss was a disqualification due to illegal elbows against Matt Hamill in 2009. He has since gone on to beat Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort.

He has also beaten Chael Sonnen in a non-title fight after an injury to Dan Henderson forced his withdrawal from UFC 151.

Alexander Gustafsson is a rising star. He entered the UFC in 2009 and lost his first fight via submission to Phil Davis. However, he has since gone on a 6 fight win streak with wins over Thiago Silva, Matt Hamill, Vladimir Matyushenko, James Te Huna and Mauricio Rua (Rua’s last two losses have been to Gustafsson).

Gustafsson’s latest victory was a unanimous decision over Shogun Rua which earned him this title shot.

It will be interesting to see how these two fighters stack up against each other.

This will be the first time Jon Jones has faced a fighter of similar stature. Gustafsson is exactly one inch taller than Jones. The Swede also has a half an inch longer reach at 80 inches.

Jones will look to use his clinch game, but Gustafsson does a good job of keeping distance and throwing punches in bunches from the outside.

Gustafsson’s best chance is going to come from using his jab and being elusive early on. Gustafsson’s last two fights have gone to decisions, so he has learned how to pace himself well over five rounds.

Jones’ last two fights have been won by decision as well, but he faces the most difficult test of his career here. Jones hasn’t fought in nearly a year, and Gustafsson has been very active in that time.

It’s been almost a year since then and the upcoming fight with Alexander Gustafsson is the first time Jones has had to defend his belt since that event. His opponent, Alexander Gustafsson, is a big light heavyweight with a lot of talent and a ton of confidence. He’s gone 6-0 since joining the UFC and is coming off consecutive wins over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and former number one contender Lyoto Machida.

The UFC 152 fight card will also feature another title fight: Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson for the inaugural flyweight title. The winner will become the promotion’s first ever 125-pound champion. In addition, a pair of high-profile fights will be held on the main card: Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann and Matt Hamill vs. Roger Hollett.

Jones vs Gustafsson Fight Card

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