Don’t miss the Palmerbet Sports Teams UFC 232 tips & analysis as this weeks preview features the long awaited return of the controversial Jon Jones.
- Jones 21-1-0 1nc (9 by KO/TKO & 7 by submission)
- Gustafsson 18-4-0 (11 by KO/TKO & 3 by submission)
- Jones def Cormier Rd 3 TKO (decision was later overturned to a NC)
- Gustafsson def Teixeira Rd 5 KO
Analysis: The long awaited return of Jon Jones has been overshadowed by more controversy ahead of the title fight at UFC 232. After having already served out a 15 month doping violation suspension, the Nevada State Athletic Commission are not allowing Jones to fight in Vegas this weekend. Jones has recently tested positive to the same substance he was suspended for last year. As a result, the UFC have moved UFC 232 to LA.
The return of one of, if not the greatest UFC fighter of all time would have no doubt been a significant event although the added drama has only created further intrigue around the fight.
Jon Jones will enter the octagon as the firm favourite at $1.36, although Gustafsson gave his opponent the toughest fight of his career back in 2013. While Jones came away with a unanimous decision victory, Gustafson was outstanding and was able to defend all of Jones takedown attempts.
Final Thoughts: How can Gustafsson stop a fighter with so many weapons at his disposal? Jones not only holds the record for total strikes landed (1,368) in the Light Heavyweight division, but he also holds the highest defence rate (65.3%) against significant strikes. Combined with his incredible takedown abilities, Jones will be looking to pull out all the tricks to stop his opponent.
Gustafsson has proved in the past he can match up with the best although since then he has failed to notch any notable victories. As result, this weeks UFC preview has Jones coming away with a victory in the later rounds.
- Justino 21-1-0 1nc (17 by KO/TKO)
- Nunes 16-4-0 (11 by KO/TKO & 3 by submission)
- Justino def Kunitskaya – Rd 1 TKO
- Nunes def Pennington – Rd 5 TKO
Analysis: An equally exciting fight is being served up for the co-main event as fight fans will witness the first ever Champion vs. Champion Women’s bout in UFC history. In a ground breaking event for Women’s MMA, Featherweight Champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino will take on Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes for the Featherweight belt.
This fight will undoubtedly be the toughest match up to date for both fighters. Cyborg will enter the octagon as the $1.40 favourite although Nunes has a more impressive resume in comparison. While Nunes has beaten tougher opponents, Cyborg’s sheer dominance can’t be overlooked. Cyborg’s raw strength and power have made her look close to untouchable throughout her decorated career. Her only test came against former Champion Holly Holm at UFC 219 where she came away with a decision victory.
On the other hand, Nunes is an incredibly crafty fighter who is one of the select few who can match Cyborg’s striking power. While Nunes holds the advantage should this get to the ground, expect a stand up battle.
Final Thoughts: Although Cyborg is the firm favourite, Nunes has all the tools to turn this into a dogfight. As a result, we’re expecting this to go over 2.5 rounds.
- Condit 30-12-0 (15 by KO/TKO & 13 by submission)
- Chiesa 14-4-0 (10 by submission)
- Condit def by Oliveira – Rd 2 submission
- Chiesa def by Pettis – Rd 2 submission
Analysis: Both fighters will be desperate to get back into the winners circle after being submitted in their previous outings. For Condit, the time is now or never as he clings onto a UFC contract off the back of losses in his last four fights.
While Condit has faced some tough fighters, he doesn’t quite match up to Chiesa on the ground and this is where it will likely end up. Although Condit has proven KO power, Chiesa will be looking to keep his status as a contender and grind out a win.
- Ilir 14-5-0 1nc ( 5 by KO/TKO & 5 by submission)
- Anderson 11-4-0 ( 4 by KO/TKO)
- Latifi def Ovince St-Preux – Rd 1 submission
- Anderson def Teixeira – Decision
Analysis: An interesting match up that will put Latifi’s wrestling skills to the test against a lanky opponent with a considerable reach advantage. Both men are coming off impressive victories against top level fighters resulting in their stock being significantly improved within the division.
Anderson will be looking to stay on the outside to avoid Latifi’s bombs early on. As a result, expect plenty of leg kicks and for Anderson to utilise his jab.
On the other hand, Latifi will attempt to pour on the pressure early and get the finish as the longer this fight goes on the less likely he is to outlast Anderson’s superior conditioning.
- Mendes 18-4-0 (8 by KO/TKO & 2 by submission)
- Volkanovski 18-1-0 (10 by KO/TKO & 3 by submission)
- Mendes def Jury – Rd 1 TKO
- Volkanovski def Elkins – Decision
Analysis: Aussie Alex “The Great” Volkanovski faces the toughest fight of his career to date against an experienced wrestler in Chad Mendes.
For Volkanovski, a win against the #5 ranked Featherweight will sky rocket him up the rankings and cement his place as a dangerous contender in the division. He hardly put a foot wrong in his previous fight against Elkins and his 15-fight win streak simply can’t be ignored.
On the other hand, Mendes has recently served a doping suspension and was back with a bang in July after scoring himself a Rd 1 TKO. A fighter with experience against Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor, Mendes is very much in contention for another title shot should he dispatch of Alexander “The Great”.