UFC 232: Jon Jones Vs. Alexander Gustafsson 2, Bout Preview
We have yet to see a punch thrown in anger in the final fight of the 2018 UFC season, but we already have way more drama than anyone expected. UFC 232 was expected to take place in Las Vegas this coming Saturday night, but after another questionable drug test from Jon Jones, the event has now been moved to LA.
It is worth noting here that this is not another failed drug test from Jones, who has just finished serving a 1-year suspension, as the problem here was that there were still trace amounts of the banned substance that caused the initial problems, with those small traces connected to the previous test.
While Jones has been declared clean and able to fight, the test made it impossible for the event to be sanctioned in Nevada, hence the late switch. It’s probably the last thing that Dana White and the UFC wanted, but it’s perhaps better that the fight goes on in a different location as opposed to being canceled completely due to another failed drug test.
What: UFC 232: Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson 2
Where: The Forum in Inglewood, California
When: Saturday, December 29, 2018, 10:00 PM ET
Why bet on Jon Jones?
Jon Jones is considered one of the best fighters to ever set foot inside the Octagon, but it has been his failed drug tests and issues outside of the sport that make it tough to label him as the UFC GOAT. He has just finished serving a year suspension for a failed drug test and you get the sense that he is running out of chances.
When he is clean and ready to fight, there is no denying that Jones is an absolute beast, but it’s also fair to suggest that one of the toughest battles of his career came in his previous meeting with Gustafsson, where Jones won by UD. Jones comes in with a 23-1 career mark, but there are some concerns that he might be a little rusty, which he cannot afford to be against a fighter as good as Gustafsson.
Why bet on Alexander Gustafsson?
While Jones is a better all-round fighter, Alexander Gustafsson is a man who will be bringing a ton of power into the Octagon with him. Gustafsson has a career record of 18-4, with 61% of his wins coming by way of the KO. He will be looking to go toe to toe with Jones and looking to avoid the takedowns that could well swing things in the favor of his opponent.
Gustafsson certainly looked the part in his last fight, a dominating win over Glover Teixeira that was arguably the best performance of his career. I’ll be looking for Gustafsson to come out and try to set the tone early against a fighter who has been absent for a year. This one could go the distance again, so winning those early rounds may be key.
Expert Pick and Prediction
Despite being out of the game for a year, Jones comes in as the favorite, which should give you an idea of just how good he is. I think the layoff might hurt him here, though, which is why I am taking Gustafsson to win by decision.
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