The UFC heads to Canada this September for a huge light heavyweight showdown between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson in UFC 165.
Jones, the defending title holder, will put his belt on the line for a sixth time on 13 September in front of a packed Toronto crowd and many UFC betting fans expect him to finish to job within three rounds. Having beaten Chael Sonnen in under five minutes during his previous bout last April, confidence is high in the Jones camp and rightly so.
However, one glance at ‘The Mauler’ Gustafsson’s record and you see why the betfair.com odds give the Swede a fighting chance. Since his career debut in 2007, the 26-year-old has a 15-1 record and is used to fighting outside Sweden. He’s fought at UFC events before and, although he’s never been the headline act, has impressed with his submission game.
That may be where Jones comes unstuck and for fans wanting a good price when betting on UFC then submission for Gustafsson may be the way to go.
However, that result relies a lot on the Swede getting into Jones’ notoriously sharp close game and that could see him hurt badly. Gustafsson has never gone more than three rounds while Jones has gone to four or more in three of his last five bouts. The American has the stamina and toughness to take the punches for longer and wait for his chance to strike.
He has more experience, more rounds under his belt and is the titleholder, which is why his odds are so low. A quick Jones victory would do neither fighter much good – Jones needs the rounds as much as the win – and so fans may witness the American stand off his opponent for a couple of rounds before going in for the kill.