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UFC betting: Tips for Jones v Gustafsson II at UFC 232

Jack Green's UFC betting tips for Saturday night's event in California cover the main event and the rest of the card.

28 Dec | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
UFC betting: Tips for Jones v Gustafsson II at UFC 232

Jon Jones v Alexander Gustafsson

Jones’ positive drug test, which has forced this entire event to move from Nevada to California, has overhadowed a potential classic on Saturday night.

The first meeting between these two in September 2013 was one of the best UFC light heavyweight bouts ever, with Jones coming from behind to scrape a decision victory.

That was the closest the American has ever come to being beaten, and this rematch will be a huge test for him once again.

Gustafsson has won his last two fights, the most recent of which was a stunning knockout of Glover Teixeira in May 2017, and his size and speed make him one of the most dangerous fighters in the decision.

Rematches tend to favour the victors from the previous fight, though, and it’s hard to look past Jones.

The 31-year-old is such an intelligent fighter that he’ll surely have learned from his early struggles in the first meeting, and he should use his vast array of strikes to keep Gustafsson at bay and do his damage in the clinch.

Back the former champion to win and set up a third showdown with current champ Daniel Cormier.

Cris Cyborg v Amanda Nunes

This is another cracking match-up between the UFC’s two best female fighters.

Bantamweight champion Nunes has been a machine in recent years, winning seven successive fights over opponents such as Ronda Rousey, Valentina Shevchenko and Miesha Tate.

The 30-year-old is a huge puncher, and also has a decent ground game, with two submission wins during that seven-fight streak.

In Cyborg, though, Nunes faces a seemingly unstoppable opponent who hasn’t lost since her first professional fight in 2005.

The featherweight champion hits harder than any woman in UFC history, and she’s knocked out four of the five opponents she’s faced since joining the company in May 2016.

Nunes has lost been knocked out twice before, and it’s a third stoppage defeat will be added to her record on Saturday.

Carlos Condit v Michael Chiesa

In a classic striker vs grappler match-up, expect submission-specialist Chiesa to come out on top.

The American has lost his last two fights to Anthony Pettis and Kevin Lee, but in Condit he faces a fighter who is past his best.

The 34-year-old is on a four-fight losing streak, and he has tapped out in two of his last three.

Condit will try to keep this fight on the feet and could win the early exchanges, but Chiesa will eventually drag him to the mat and secure the win.

Ilir Latifi v Corey Anderson

These light heavyweights can prove that they belong with the top contenders in the division by winning this weekend.

Anderson is a skilled boxer and a solid wrestler, but his chin has let him down in the past. He has dominated fights only to be knocked out late on, and that could easily be the script on Saturday night.

Latifi isn’t the most technical striker, but he’s a real bruiser and has the one-punch power to stop Anderson.

The 35-year-old Swede will be looking for the big right hand, and Anderson’s past suggests he will find it at some point. 

Chad Mendes v Alex Volkanovski

Mendes stopped Myles Jury in July in what was his first fight since 2015, and he should follow that up with a win this weekend.

The 33-year-old showed enough in that win to suggest that he can still be a contender in the featherweight division, and beating Volkanovski would prove that.

The Australian is on a 15-fight winning streak, including five victories in the UFC, but he’s never faced anyone as good as Mendes.

Assuming the American is still close to his best, he should earn the victory in what promises to be a close fight.

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