Alexander Gustafsson Says Jon Jones Is Not Out Of Reach
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.10.2013
He can hit him..
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Alexander Gustafsson (14-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) said that even though his reach is 81.2 and light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (18-1 MMA, 12-1 UFC) is 84.5 (the longest in the UFC), he will have no problem reaching him when they meet at UFC 165 on September 21. The fight takes place at the Air Canada Center in Toronto.
He said: "It's not always about reach. It's about footwork. It's about being fast, getting in and out. I'm really making sure I've done my homework there. I'm super motivated. I will win this fight by staying on the outside."
Gustafsson lands more strikes per minute (3.98 to 3.94) than Jones. Jones said this won't matter.
He added: "I just believe that I use my reach better. If you watch my fights and you watch Alexander's fights, he gets hit a lot with a lot of different punches. With me, I've gone through some fights where fighters have only punched me once. I mean, I fought (Quinton) 'Rampage' Jackson, and he hit me, like, twice in the whole fight. Lyoto Machida was able to touch my face twice in the whole fight. (I'm) fighting against the best guys in the world, and a lot of them never even get a chance to punch me in the face throughout the fight. So I just believe I use my timing, my rhythm, my distance a lot better than him. I think the proof is in the pudding."