MMA rising star Alexander Gustafsson (14-1-0 9 KO’s) fought past Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to earn a shot at UFC champion Jon Jones at UFC on Fox 5 last year.
Potential opponent, Jon Jones, is currently coaching and filming the seventeenth season of the “Ultimate Fighter” with Chael Sonnen. The two mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters are set to face off for 5 rounds on April 27th at UFC 159. His sights are not on Chael though; in the near future he is much more excited to test his whit against Swedish mandatory challenger Alexander Gustafsson sometime later this year.
“There are a lot of critics who give me my advantages based (solely) off of the size advantage over my opponents, I don’t think that’s really fair.” stated the man nicknamed “Bones” Jones, who feels his well rounded stand up and ground game is what gives him leverage over his opponents.
Gustafson also is a very lengthy, rangy mixed martial arts fighter, although he doesn’t use it as efficiently as Jones does, it is there. In other words, it’s fighter on fighter.
His win to Rua made a statement, but exposed cracks for the youthful MMA fighter. He was stunned by a quick heel-hook in round one, but showed resilience in barging through to take the nod down the stretch.
To defeat Jones, he must patch up his work, study timing, and make every move the proper move to avoid letting the oh-so-talented champion crack down on him. He shows little fear of not walking away with the crown, but at this stage – that may be a bad thing.
“I feel great.” Gustafsson said about his performance at UFC on Fox 5 while praising Shogun for his efforts, he says he is as ready as ever to get his world title opportunity.
Gustafsson, delayed by injuries, isn’t yet set to return to the Octagon. Although risking his title shot isn’t a smart business move, it will leave him better prepared for a potential fight against Jones.
Nonetheless, if Jones gets past Sonnen, Gustafsson will still be forced to wait until Jon Jones is nice and ready to dive into the cage again, possibly not until early fall.
Original article written by David King
Rewritten by Corey Quincy