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Jon Jones wants to prove a point against Gustafsson

ESPN staff
November 1, 2012

Jon Jones is determined to keep silencing his critics in the UFC, and part of that plan is to prove he can beat an opponent with a similar frame to himself, such as Alexander Gustafsson.

Jones is dominant at light-heavyweight and is well on his way to breaking Tito Ortiz's record for successful title defences at 205lbs. Rampage Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort have all been beaten, with Chael Sonnen next on the agenda.

The champ has had questions to answer in each and every fight, with Machida's southpaw style testing his versatility, Evans' personal assault examining Jones' strength of character, and Belfort's armbar shedding light on the youngster's heart.

One of the remaining questions to answer for Jones is whether he would be as dominant if he did not boast a freakish reach advantage over all his rivals. The American is known for establishing his range early in a fight, but he wants to meet the equally long Gustafsson to prove it is skill - not physical advantages - that make him the best.

"I can't wait to fight him," Jones said of Gustafsson to MMA Junkie. "A lot of people say the reason why I win is because I have long arms.

"When I fight Gustafsson, that will be behind me. So I can't wait to prove all the critics wrong."

However, after Jones meets Sonnen in April 2013, he plans to fight Dan Henderson if the veteran gets past Lyoto Machida. Henderson had been scheduled to fight Jones at UFC 151 but injury forced him to withdraw.

"I'm not disappointed I didn't get the Dan Henderson fight," Jones said. "But I think that's a fight that's inevitable. Everybody wants to see it.

"Dan Henderson is undoubtably one of the best fighters in MMA history, and it will happen. Hopefully I'll fight Chael and then defeat Chael and then defeat Dan Henderson."

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