Jones vs. Gustafsson • MMA News


Jones vs. Gustafsson • MMA News

UFC 232 is upon us. For the ultimate time in 2018, the UFC can be holding a pay-per-view card inside The Discussion board in Inglewood, California. Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson will collide for a second time in the primary occasion for the vacant UFC gentle heavyweight title. The co-main occasion will see girls’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg defend her gold towards girls’s 135-pound ruler Amanda Nunes.

In fact MMA News has stored you coated with updates main as much as UFC 232. We’ve bought weigh-in outcomes at present and we’ll be protecting you posted with stay outcomes, highlights, and post-fight tidbits tomorrow night time. Proper now, we’ve bought foremost card predictions courtesy of myself, Ed Carbajal, and Andrew Ravens.

Right here’s how the remainder of the UFC 232 foremost card stacks up:

  • Gentle Heavyweight: Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson
  • Girls’s Featherweight: Cris Cyborg (c) vs. Amanda Nunes
  • Welterweight: Michael Chiesa vs. Carlos Condit
  • Gentle Heavyweight: Ilir Latifi vs. Corey Anderson
  • Featherweight: Chad Mendes vs. Alexander Volkanovski

Chad Mendes vs. Alexander Volkanovski

Fernando Quiles Jr.: Volkanovski did an awesome job lobbying for this battle, however I don’t see issues going his method. Mendes is an elite featherweight who has given the cream of the crop in his division points. I don’t suppose Volkanovski is at that degree, however in fact it is a large alternative to show in any other case. I’m going with Mendes right here. I feel he’ll combine up his grappling and placing effectively sufficient to present Volkanovski some suits (Prediction: Chad Mendes)

Ed Carbajal: Volkanovski is using a five-fight win-streak within the UFC and has not misplaced a battle total, since 2013. Mendes has by no means not introduced his greatest to a battle and even on short-notice he can do effectively sufficient to present his opponent a real problem and a battle towards somebody like Volkanovski needs to be no completely different. He got here again after a layoff with a first-round KO win over Myles Jury final July and with that sort of motivation, this battle could not see the space. A end is coming and whereas it’s arduous to choose towards Mendes, a win right here might do extra for Volkanovski’s profession. (Prediction: Alexander Volkanovski)

Andrew Ravens: Little doubt this would be the hardest problem in entrance of Volkanovski but when he needs to get close to the highest of the division and eventual title shot, he has to get previous Mendes. On the flip aspect, Mendes goes to be bringing his A-game into this contest and construct off the momentum that he had in his return towards Myles Jury. As a lot as I feel most want to see Mendes proceed his successful methods, I’ve the younger lion taking out the veteran by unanimous choice. (Prediction: Alexander Volkanovski)

CONSENSUS: 2-1, Alexander Volkanovski

Ilir Latifi vs. Corey Anderson

Fernando Quiles Jr.: Latifi has brute energy. He has knockout energy and may latch onto a choke in case your takedown try is sloppy. What we noticed in Corey Anderson’s final battle was maybe essentially the most methodical efficiency of his profession. Anderson didn’t rush something, picked his spots, and even had Glover Teixeira staggered a couple of instances. I feel that Corey Anderson beats Latifi extra instances than not. (Prediction Corey Anderson)

Ed Carbajal: Whereas Anderson is the youthful man on this match up, he has proven that he’s susceptible to being completed by means of KO or TKO. Three of his 4 losses are by knockout or TKO and 5 of Latifi’s wins have come that method. Each males are using a two-fight win streak however Latifi has confirmed to try to end extra as of late. Anderson might pull off one other choice however Latifi appears to be extra pushed. (Prediction: Ilir Latifi)

Andrew Ravens: In my thoughts, Anderson has all the time been somebody who has been proper on the verge of constructing it to the elite degree of the division however has but to get there. With getting a successful streak collectively, he ought to get by way of Latifi, who has seemed excellent his final two bouts. This needs to be an awesome efficiency by Anderson and I’ve him successful by third-round TKO. (Prediction: Corey Anderson)

CONSENSUS: 2-1, Corey Anderson

Michael Chiesa vs. Carlos Condit

Fernando Quiles Jr.: It’s secure to say that Carlos Condit isn’t the identical fighter he as soon as was, however he’s nonetheless enjoyable to look at. I count on some back-and-forth motion with Chiesa getting the higher of “The Natural Born Killer.” I feel Chiesa can have a little bit of a second wind at welterweight and can have that additional enhance not having to chop a lot weight. (Prediction: Michael Chiesa)

Ed Carbajal: Each males are carrying losses on their information and when wanting on the high quality of opponents they’ve wins over, on this match taking a look at when these fights occurred could matter extra in attempting to foretell this one. Each males have been caught in chokes recently so both they may attempt to out strike each other or see who has the higher floor recreation. Condit could some psychological hurdles he’s attempting to battle too shedding his final 4 fights. The guard has been altering in 2018 and this may very well be the battle breaks the shedding streak for Chiesa. (Prediction: Michael Chiesa)

Andrew Ravens: For the final two years, battle followers have been ready to see the previous Condit again inside the Octagon however hasn’t delivered. Though Chiesa is coming into this battle on a two-fight shedding streak, I don’t see Condit making a comeback. Chiesa has had two powerful fights back-to-back however I feel he will get previous Condit with a enjoyable unanimous choice win. (Prediction: Michael Chiesa)

CONSENSUS: Three-Zero, Michael Chiesa

Cris Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes

Fernando Quiles Jr.: Nobody needs to be sleeping on Amanda Nunes. She’s a UFC champion for a purpose. Nothing was handed to her and he or she may need the velocity and sturdiness to present Cyborg points. With that being stated, I feel the energy benefit for Cyborg can be key right here. Cyborg generally leaves herself susceptible within the grappling when she zones out within the stand-up, however she usually instances hops proper again as much as her ft. I feel if Nunes struggles standing, she gained’t have a lot to lean on. (Prediction: Cris Cyborg)

Ed Carbajal: Nunes could also be biting off greater than she will be able to chew on this battle towards Justino. High quality of opponents, expertise, energy, and sturdiness all favor the ladies’s featherweight champ at UFC 232. Whereas Nunes was capable of pull off upsets and wins in her division, Justino has confirmed she will be able to win there and given the battle is for her title, it’s arduous to choose towards her. (Prediction: Cris Cyborg)

Andrew Ravens: The hardest battle of each fighters careers up up to now and if there’s anybody who can beat Cyborg it’s Nunes. The one situation that I’ve with it’s because of the weight and that’s a giant benefit for Cyborg. I do suppose this goes the space and is usually a stand-up battle. Cyborg retains by unanimous choice. (Prediction: Cris Cyborg)

CONSENSUS: Three-Zero, Cris Cyborg

Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson

Fernando Quiles Jr.: If this Jones vs. Gustafsson II performs out like the primary battle did, then the “Fight of The Night” bonus is within the bag. Each males confirmed technical brilliance and excessive battle IQ of their first encounter and I anticipated one other stable effort from each males. Gustafsson will stuff his share of takedowns and have his moments on the ft, however I feel “Bones” pulls it off once more for a unanimous choice victory. (Prediction: Jon Jones)

Ed Carbajal: Each fighters have had vital downtime to relaxation, recoup, and put together for each other. Nevertheless, the final time Jones got here again from being away from motion, his efficiency, in comparison with the remainder of his profession was not what followers count on of Jones. He nonetheless gained his final battle towards Ovince St. Preux at UFC 197, however he’ll should carry extra towards Gustafsson. Gustafsson without having fought since Could of 2017, was away because of damage. If cage-rust is a factor, that is Gustafsson’s battle to win however Jones has confirmed to have the ability to pull off wins however time might catch as much as him too. Arduous to choose, leaning in direction of Jones by choice. (Prediction: Jon Jones)

Andrew Ravens: If this battle is half pretty much as good as their first then we’re in for a heck of a foremost occasion. Will probably be attention-grabbing to see how Jones performs after a protracted layoff and if he’ll appear like the previous Jon or the one which we bought within the OSP battle. If he’s not on high of his recreation then that’s a giant benefit to Gustafsson. You possibly can by no means rely out Jones in a battle regardless of his exterior of the Octagon points. I’ve Jones getting it achieved and reclaiming his title by break up choice. (Prediction: Jon Jones)

CONSENSUS: Three-Zero, Jon Jones

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