Gustafsson won’t emulate Jones’ strategy

UFC light-heavyweight title challenger Alexander Gustafsson says he will not be looking to take a page out of Jon Jones’ book for his match against division champion Daniel Cormier.

Jones is the only man to ever defeat Cormier, and is as physically similar to Gustafsson as any other fighter contracted to the promotion.

Gustafson is 6 foot 5 inches with a 79-inch reach while the former light-heavyweight champion is 6 ft 4 in with an 84.5-in reach, and both are highly technical strikers.

In spite of this, the Swedish fighter says he will not be using Jones’ victory at UFC 182 as a reference for his own game plan against Cormier.

“I don’t look too much at what other fighters have done.  I have to analyse DC (Daniel Cormier) and I have to analyse myself every day. I don’t build a game plan on looking at that fight,” he told the UFC website.

“It’s very simple: He’s a short wrestler and I’m a tall striker.  He’s a great fighter but I believe that I am the type of fighter that is the absolute opposite of DC. 

“I move a lot. I can fight backwards.  I have a lot of belief in my speed and precision and I know that I have really good takedown defence.”

The fight represents and intriguing clash of styles, with Gustafsson hoping to turn it into a chess match and Cormier looking to instigate a brawl.

Both men will head into the bout having faced the same man in their previous fights, but having achieved very different results.

While Gustafsson was knocked down and knocked out just 2:15 into the first round of his fight against Anthony Johnson in January, Cormier managed to choke out the same fighter 2:39 into the third round of their battle for the vacant title in May.

They also share a previous opponent in Jones, who narrowly edged Gustafsson to earn a surprise unanimous decision victory but went on to dominate Cormier and earn a well-deserved victory by the same method.