Jon Jones looking for fight with Alexander Gustafsson

Yesterday, Karyn Bryant and MMA H.E.A.T. caught up with UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones in eattle to discuss his preference of his next opponent. Jones said that he is looking to face Gustafsson in order to silent the critics that say his main advantage is his size. Jones preferred the Gustafsson fight rather than Shogun, who he has already beat. Shogun did not win so Gustafsson will most likely get the next title fight. He also touched on his current stint as TUF coach alongside Chael Sonnen.

*The entire MMA H.E.A.T. UFC on Fox 5 playlist is embedded here, the Jones interview is #10.


23 Comments

  1. Avatar of UnderdogGreatness

    UnderdogGreatness

    December 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Jon Jones would take Gus down with ease then sub him.

  2. Avatar of HATEOCRACY

    HATEOCRACY

    December 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Gus & Rashad should have a hoola hoop contest

  3. Avatar of johndo11

    johndo11

    December 9, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Its beneficial for Jones to fight Gustafsson sooner rather than later because he is only getting stronger.

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      KeithFarrell

      December 9, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      Wish I could give you 10 sharps for that! Gus is the fastest improving guy in the LHW division, everytime we see him we see a new and improved monster

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      highkick12

      December 9, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      Ya Jones gets stronger every match, the guy is something else. Still soo young.

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      grandslam

      December 9, 2012 at 11:43 pm

      Gus was good in his last fight but he will never be good enough for Jones.
      He took quite a few shots on his face from Shogun. And lets face it Shogun had no game plan in his last fight. He just wanted to land a big right hand, which at time he did.
      Jones is a very intelligent fighter and to beat him you have to be smarter and faster than him. Unfortunately, Gus is simply not good enough.

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    Brasil

    December 9, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Jones and Gus might have similar heigh but if i am not mistaken Jones has 7 inches of reach on him…..so not the same "size" by a mile

    • Avatar of KeithFarrell

      KeithFarrell

      December 9, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      That is true but as Rogan was talking about in the broadcast there is also the discussion about "leg reach", It's a lot closer and I wouldn't be surprised if Gus had longer legs… unfortunately he doesn't kick enough to make it a huge factor.
      His height does mean however he can extend his arms and punches forward and while he will still have a reach advantage…. it will be miniscule compared to Rashad and Lyoto's, who both landed big time on Jones.

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        codemaster

        December 9, 2012 at 10:52 pm

        reach
        jon jones 84-1/2 "
        Alex Gustafsson 76-1/2 "
        Rashad Evans 75 "
        Lyoto Machida 74 "

        Bones will have an 8" reach over Gustaffson–this is not a miniscule advantage–even compared with Rashad and Lyoto's reach.

        Everyone thinks of reach in stand-up striking–but Jones utilizes his reach best with his hellbows. Elbows usually have such a short radius of damage, but Jones elbow reach make his ground and pound lethal.

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          codemaster

          December 9, 2012 at 11:00 pm

          BTW: Only 7' Stefan Struve has as long of a reach as Bones. Even if Bones was fighting at HW, he would have a long reach for the division.

          Just because someone has a long reach does not mean they are a better fighter–but it IS an advantage standing up and on the ground. If MMA is a game of inches–a few more inches in reach ain't gonna hurt.

          The fighter must also be able to use a longer reach to maximum advantage–and Jones has still more to learn how to use his reach better in standup–a better jab, for instance. But Jones knows how to use his reach in submissions and ground and pound very effectively

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    i-train-ufc

    December 9, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    jones would be too much for gus

  6. Avatar of KeithFarrell

    KeithFarrell

    December 9, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    I know I wasn't the only one but I've said since the Hamill fight and still trully believe if there is anyone at LHW who can beat Jones, it's this man.

    He says he is ready for a title shot but I'd like to see one more tough fight, hopefully against a winner of either Rampage/Texiera, Machida/Hendo or Nog/Evans, mainly due to he improves so much between each fight.

    It's hard to tell since this is the only top 10 guy he has fought but I think it's safe to say Gus is top 5 and perhaps even top 3.

  7. Avatar of Kuroobi

    Kuroobi

    December 9, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Do you feel the crowd at all, when their chanting your name? "No, i'm emotionless, don't care!" LOL!

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    Stuntman

    December 9, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Does anyone else notice Jon in drunk in this interview? Lol

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    GianGiacommo G

    December 9, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Gus needs to improve on a couple of things if he aims to beat Jones,Machida or Hendo have a better chance of beating him 1st.

  10. Avatar of codemaster

    codemaster

    December 9, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    I read on some other sites that some fans were angry with Rory MacDonald because he did the Ali shuffle a couple of times when fighting–then they went on to say they were not impressed because he did not finish Penn. Often after such intelligent points they would shout WAR DIAZ! These critics claim Rory called out BJ just to get an easy win off of a legend. These same critics laud BJ licking the blood off of his gloves or Nate Diaz giving the finger, or Anderson Silva playing around with his opponent like a cat with a mouse–but Rory does a little shuffle and this is a crime?

    BJ Penn has a long history of making excuses for his losses, and trash talk towards his opponents. With Rory, his demand for VADA testing was a sly dig at MacDonald–accusing him in so many words of using PED's, the same charge he has leveled at GSP. BJ said on Twitter that Rory had pimples on his back which must mean something.

    If I was Rory, I would be very pissed with BJ Penn–and I would be highly motivated to beat the living shit out him. BJ tossed other insults as well–because he was angry that Rory had commented that BJ looked out of shape and Rory only said this when pressed by interviwers looking for drama.

    I love MMA and enjoy discussing it in an intelligent manner, but there are so many fucking drool-dripping retards on these boards–pathetically trolling for attention–that after reading some of these trolls posts–I feel much stupider than when I started, and that I have wasted my time even coming to Low Kick.

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    Krogan

    December 10, 2012 at 7:54 am

    People are so strange, does a contender have to clearly be the favorite vs the champ to fight him? You don't earn a title shot by clearing being able to beat him but rather being able to beat other contenders and do so convincingly.

    If we are going to use the argument that "well Jones would kick his ass" then Jones never fights at LHW again.

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