UFC 164: Gustafsson is nothing like me, says Jones
MANILA – Aside from their height and age, reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones said he doesn’t find any similarities between himself and his challenger Alexander Gustafsson.
Jones, who is scheduled for a title defense against Gustafsson in UFC 165, was reacting to comparisons to the Swedish fighter.
"I don't really agree with any of the comparisons," Jones said in MMA Fighting. "I think the only thing me and Gustafsson have in common is that we're both 26 years old and the fact that we're both over 6-foot-4 tall.
“Bones” said they are very much different in terms of fighting styles.
Jones said that although Gustafsson has a longer wingspan, he said the Swede gets hit a lot even by shorter fighters.
"If you watch my fights and you watch Alexander's fights, he gets hit a lot with a lot of different punches," Jones said. "With me, I've gone through some fighters where fighters don't touch me once.
“I've been able to study him a lot over the last several months, and I realized there's absolutely nothing he does that's like me. We're just completely different. We have the same height and age, and that's absolutely it."
However, Gustaffson, who was nicknamed "The Mauler," owns a higher knockout percentage compared to Jones with 60%; Jones has a 44% KO percentage.
Dana White said the fight will end complaints about Jones being too tall for the light heavyweight division.
"Everybody has been complaining about Jon Jones," White said. "That he's too big for the weight division. He's this, he's that -- which is total [expletive]."
UFC 165 is scheduled to take place on September 21 in Ontario, Canada.