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Wednesday, 09/11/2013, 07:05 am

Alexander Gustafsson: My reach is 81.2″

Jon “Bones” Jones (18-1 MMA, 12-1 UFC) is set to defend his UFC light heavyweight title against challenger Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson (14-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) next Saturday, September 21, at UFC 165 live from Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.

In the buildup to the title fight, much has been made of the current champions wingspan, which is measured at 84.5 inches. Meanwhile,  the challenger, Gustafsson, has been listed as having a 76.5 inch reach.

According to “The Mauler”, you shouldn’t believe everything you read on the internet, as he was quick to correct his widely reported reach:

“My reach is not 76.5,” he said during a conference call in support of UFC 165, “It’s 81.2. I just wanted to mention that.”

Although Jones reach advantage will be a few inches less than everyone first assumed, Gustafsson doesn’t think it will play much of a part in their title fight:

“It’s not always about reach,” he said. “It’s about footwork. It’s about being fast, getting in and out. I’m really making sure I’ve done my homework there. I’m super motivated.”

 

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0 Comments to Alexander Gustafsson: My reach is 81.2″

  1. dglpz says:

    Some kind of proof for Gustafssons claim would be nice.

    • Nate "THE ROID CHEAT" Marquardt says:

      You can just tell by looking at Gusto that he has very short reach for being 6’5″. His entire upper body is like size of GSp or any average MW and then he has big a’s legs and lower body. NO WAZY in hell is Gusto’s reach 81inches period. Jones is going to take him down at start of every round and elbow the hell out of him tell fight is stopped

    • Nate "THE ROID CHEAT" Marquardt says:

      Only advantage Gusto has is leg length but he isn’t going to be able to throw any kicks because he will be trying to avoid being taken down.

  2. squid says:

    man i really hope gustafsson wins, but i honestly see jones having the belt for a looong time. but who knows? that’s the beauty of mma, there’s so many variables involved, so many ways to win yet so many ways to lose also

  3. UFC 84 Forever says:

    Doesn’t matter how much you’ve improved if Jones uses his wrestling and ground and pound you’re done for.

    I like Gustafsson, I love watching him fight, but I don’t seem him taking out Jon Jones.

    It’s not just Jones’ reach, people seem to forget he really just is on another level skill wise.

    • squid says:

      yeah i agree. he’s got technique, speed, power, wrestling, conditioning, intelligence and he works hard to be #1 . . . couple that with his massive size and reach advantage, he’s basically the total package lol

      • UFC 84 Forever says:

        Agreed man, reach helps but so many tall and long fighters don’t fight tall or long. And even those who do aren’t nearly as successful.

        It’s his talent that makes his reach and size advantage hugely important, not vice versa.

  4. Ddddddddd says:

    I don’t think Alexander gets out of the second round. I could see Johnny finishing him in the first but hopefully he puts up some kind of fight.

  5. ADa says:

    Cutting you’re opponents off, finding angles.

    Using you’re footwork, always moving.

    These are keys to victory in this fight, for both fighters.

    People who just say hes gonna take him down havn’t watched much of this sport, it isnt just that easy. its harder to take someone down who knows how to work angles.

    I love yall

  6. SK says:

    Like that is going to help you. You have a worse chance of beating Jones than Canelo has of beating Mayweather.

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