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“This sport’s about UFC 165 Live Stream : Jones vs. Gustafsson Watch Online Free intelligence and the way you approach this game,” Jones said after weighing in. “I am so ready. I’m so excited to prove that height really doesn’t mean that much.”
Said Gustafsson: “It’s all going to go down to who’s been working the hardest and wants that belt more.” Interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao weighed 135 pounds while co-main event opponent Eddie Wineland was 135.25. The two got up-close and personal but still shook hands after they squared off. Montreal bantamweight Ivan (The Pride of El Salvador) Menjivar weighed in at 137, meaning he had to lose another pound within an hour to make the limit. That didn’t stop him from donning a futuristic mask over his mouth as he posed with Wilson Reis.
Russian lightweight Khabib (The Eagle) Nurmagomedov also used a prop, walking on stage in a white fur hat. He took it off when he stepped on the scales but good-naturedly gave it to opponent Pat (Bam Bam) Healy to wear when they posed at the side of the stage. Matt Mitrione and Brendan Schaub, former friends on “The Ultimate Fighter” show, continued the ill-will shown in the leadup to their fight. The two heavyweights did not shake hands and exchanged words after posing. Schaub has disrespected Mitrione’s work ethic, among other things. Mitrione has questioned Schaub’s chin. Mitrione, who did not bother to shed his jeans before stepping on the scales, weighed 260.5 pounds to Schaub’s 237.
Much has been made about the 6’5" Gustafsson finally being the fighter who can match the size of the 6’4" Jones. While that remains to be seen, the fact is that Jones still maintains a sizable eight-inch reach advantage over his Swedish opponent. The size issue may not be as close as people think despite Gustafsson being the slightly taller fighter. Jones was last seen making short work of Chael Sonnen in the main event of April’s UFC 159. While he broke his big toe in gruesome fashion during that bout, Jones is reportedly healed up and in top shape. "Bones" has enjoyed a meteoric rise to his status as the No. 1-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and his hype continues to gain momentum. He’s taken out four former UFC Light Heavyweight champions, a feat not likely to be repeated in the foreseeable future. His only loss as a pro came when he was disqualified for using illegal elbows against Matt Hamill in a fight he was thoroughly dominating.
And he’s really only been in trouble once in his career when Vitor Belfort had him in a tight armbar at UFC 152 last October. All that adds up to an extremely tough task for Gustafsson, who hasn’t seen the inside of the Octagon since his unanimous decision win over Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC On FOX 5 last December. He was scheduled to face off with Gegard Mousasi at UFC On FUEL TV 9, but an unfortunate cut scrapped him from the bout. If fighting a once-in-a-lifetime champion like Jones isn’t bad enough, ring rust won’t help matters. Still, Gustafsson is a game fighter who has great striking coupled with an improving grappling game thanks to his training at Alliance MMA. His only loss came via submission to his current training partner Phil Davis, and Gustafsson has the talent to be a champion. But, will his time begin this Saturday?
When the Swede stood next to Jones in front of photographers, he couldn’t resist putting his arm behind the champion so he could touch the shiny championship belt slung over his shoulder.
A smiling Jones pulled away. “That’s as close as you’re going to get,” he said. Jones joins welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre under the Gatorade flag. The Montreal MMA star has blazed the way with blue-chip sponsorships including Under Armour. It’s a long way from fighters advertising the local gun shop. Jones can be forgiven for Thursday’s blatant plug in that his deal with Gatorade had only been announced hours before. Jones will wear the Gatorade logo on his shorts when he walks into the cage Saturday night against the Swede.