UFC 165    September 21, 2013
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There is no shred of doubt that Alexander Gustafsson's ground game has improved since his loss to Phil Davis in 2010. It's in this fight, though, that we're really going to find out how far he's come. For all the talk about reach and height leading up to this one, there is a decent chance that Jones will negate it all by taking Gustafsson down. Gustafsson is super-athletic, and he'll hurt you with knees and combinations off a scramble, but Jones will likely be willing to initiate grappling exchanges over sticking to the outside. Gustafsson works off the jab and he's high volume, which is helpful against a good defensive fighter like Jones. But in terms of mixing in takedowns and showing wrinkles in his stand-up, Jones has the edge.
-- Brett Okamoto


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