Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Gustafsson Hopes to Find Recipe to Dethrone UFC Champion Jon (Bones) Jones

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Gustafsson Hopes to Find Recipe to Dethrone UFC Champion Jon (Bones) Jones

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How to beat Jon Jones: Does anybody know?


TORONTO - Retired welterweight Chris (Lights Out) Lytle fought 19 times in the UFC and knows anything can happen in a sport that offers so many different ways to win and lose.

So Lytle is not about to write off the chances of heavy underdog Alexander (The Mauler) Gustafsson in his UFC 165 main event Saturday night with light-heavyweight champion Jon (Bones) Jones.

"Jon Jones is on a big streak, he's done fantastic, he looks unstoppable," said the 39-year Lytle, an Indianapolis firefighter. "But everybody's stoppable."

Then, after talking up what he calls an intriguing matchup for Jones against the big Swede, Lytle paused. And took a step back into reality.

"That being said, man, ever since Jon Jones in his fourth (UFC) fight when he dismantled (Matt) Hamill, I remember thinking I don't see anybody being able to beat him for a while," he added with a laugh. "I don't know, he's really tough to beat."

UFC president Dana White, who loves to dismiss the odds in talking up his main events, has been candid this week.

"Jones is good," he said. "Really good."

Ask fellow fighters about the 26-year-old Jones and they go into fan mode.

"He's athletic as all hell, for sure," said heavyweight Matt Mitrione, a former NFL lineman. "As a fighter, he's creative, he's lanky, he uses his body extremely well. He gains a tremendous amount of leverage.

"If somebody's on the ground beneath him, that is not a good place to be."

Unless you are a specialist in facial reconstruction.

Former heavyweight Brandon (The Truth) Vera needed surgery after being battered by Jones' elbows.

"And he's really confident as a fighter," Mitrione continued. "And that's when he's really dangerous."

Added bantamweight contender Eddie Wineland: "He brings stuff that nobody's ever brought before. You see him throwing stuff that you don't think possible and that's what you like to see."

Jones (18-1) actually lost the Hamill fight -- on a disqualification for a downward elbow. But he stood over a broken opponent when it was all over, after delivering more than 40 elbow strikes to Hamill who needed shoulder surgery in being ragdolled to the canvas.

In subsequently winning and defending the UFC title, Jones has beaten five former champions and Chael Sonnen, who has fought for both the middleweight and light-heavyweight crowns.

Only Lyota (The Dragon) Machida won a round from him. Only Vitor (The Phenom) Belfort took him to deep waters via an armbar attempt. Only Rashad Evans took him the distance.

Jones responded by locking a standing guillotine choke on Machida in the second round, rendering the black belt in jiu-jitsu and karate unconscious before dropping him on the canvas like a sack of mail.

After Belfort had his moment, Jones carved open his face -- the significant strike count was 65-16 for the champion-- before trying to rip his arm off with a keylock submission in the fourth round. …

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