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UFC 232: Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson 2 Fight Pick & Preview

These days, it seems that we can't have a UFC PPV main event without some pre-fight drama.  This time, USADA (US Anti-Doping Agency) reported to the Las Vegas Athletic commission that there was still a trace amount of the steroid Jon Jones was suspended for in his system.  It was a few picograms.  A picogram is a trillionth of a gram. That amount is not performance enhancing, and not in violation of USADA protocol.  Basically, it's just a trace of what Jon Jones was already suspended for and nothing else was found. But, the Las Vegas Athletic commission did not have time to have a hearing to look into it due to the holidays and would not sanction the fight without that hearing.  So, the fight was moved to California.  OK, with that out of the way, let's get into Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson 2.  

Alexander Gustaffson is 18-4 overall with 11 KO/TKO's and 3 submissions on his resume.  Gustaffson was 15-1 when he first got a crack at the UFC light heavyweight title. He gave Jon Jones a hard time but eventually the fight turned and Jon Jones was able to pull off a decision victory.  

Since that fight, Gustaffson is 3-2 but has faced the best of the best in the division and has won his last two, the last one in impressive fashion by knocking out a very tough fighter in Glover Teixeira.  

Gustaffson has some of the best stand up in the division.  He's tall, and long and can strike with great combinations.  He also has the experience of fighting Jon Jones and he'll look to clean up some of the mistakes he made in their first fight. 

Jon Jones is officially 22-1 but let's face it, he's really undefeated.  That one loss was after he KO'ed Matt Hamill but was disqualified for throwing downward elbows.  That would have easily been just another win.  His second victory over arguably the GOAT Daniel Cormier was officially called a no contest (NC) after testing positive for a banned substance.  So he's really 24-0 with the only man to ever beat Jon Jones is well....Jon Jones.  

Jon Jones has fought and beat the best of the best in the UFC's light heavyweight division.  If not for his out of competition legal troubles, Jon Jones would be considered the GOAT.  He's showed a full toolbox of MMA skills.  Great stand up, creative striking, takedowns, submissions and some of the best KO/TKO's. Unfortunately for him, the fans, and the sport, all now tainted. 

This fight will be the chance to get back on track for Jon Jones.  He's now voluntarily enrolled in VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Associating) and in USADA, the first MMA fighter to do so.  Now he just needs to prove he can fight clean and stay out of trouble.  

Look for this fight to be caution for the first two rounds.  Jones hasn't fought since July of 2017 and will definitely need to warm up. Gustaffson is a methodical fighter who isn't going to risk much early.  After both fighters get into a rhythm more and more chingasos will begin to land.  It will look similar to the first fight but this time, Jon Jones will take Gustaffson seriously and push the pace to finish before Gustaffson gets too comfortable.  

I see Jon Jones taking this fight by KO/TKO in the later rounds, reclaiming his stripped UFC light heavyweight belt and being on his way to gaining the trust of the fans and the MMA community.  

How do you see this fight going down?  

UFC 231: Max Holloway vs Brian Ortega Fight Pick & Preview

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The UFC tonight is going to feature a main event that many MMA fans have been thirsting for!  No cancellation this time, Max Holloway is healthy, he's made weight, and is ready to defend his UFC featherweigth title versus fast rising and number one contender Brian Ortega! Let's take a closer look at these two fighters and then I'll make my fight pick for UFC 231: Max Holloway vs Brian Ortega!  Feel free to comment below!  

Brian Ortega is coming into UFC 231 undefeated in MMA at 14-0. He's coming off one of the most impressive victories in his career as he knocked out Frankie Edgar.  Ortega is well known as a submission artist, but his stand up has been improving by leaps and bounds and he's showed it is a force to be reckoned with.

Brian Ortega has become a fan favorite by finishing fights.  He's finished 10 of his 14 fights including his last 6 UFC fights which have all been finished either by a submission or KO/TKO.  In those six he's pulled off two guillotines, one triangle, two KO's and a TKO. 

Max Holloway is the UFC featherweight champion and comes into UFC 231 with an overall MMA record of 19-3.  Holloway hasn't lost a fight since 2013.  Since then he's done nothing but win. He's not just defeated bums, he's faced some of the top featherweights in the division including Jose Aldo twice. He's on a 12 fight winning streak for a reason.  Holloway is the real deal! 

Holloway can stand and bang!  He usually wears his opponents down with his gas tank, ability to take punches and his ability to counter anything and everything a fighter throws at him.  He's finished 11 of his 19 fights, 9 via KO/TKO and another 2 via submission. 

This fight is going to go come down to toughness.  Holloway has proven stand up ability.  Ortega's has great Jiu Jitsu and highly improved stand up.  Look for this fight to go into deep waters.  The ground game is where the fight will be decided.  Ortega is better there, and will use that to set up his stand up and wear down Holloway.  

Look for Ortega to make this a muddy fight, using grappling to set up strikes, possibly get it to the ground, and eventually take the momentum and ride it to a victory!  

Agree?  Comment below.