• UFC 165

Jones and Gustafsson make weight

September 21, 2013
Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson fight for the light-heavyweight title at UFC 165 © AP

For the first time during his title reign, UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones faces an opponent who can look him square in the eye. In fact, Alexander Gustafsson, an inch taller than the Jones, looked down slightly at the champion during their weigh-in on Friday outside the Air Canada Centre.

Jones and Gustafsson each weighed in at 204.5 pounds for Saturday night's UFC 165 title bout. The main event takes place inside Air Canada Centre.

While most of the prefight talk has centred on height and reach (Jones' reach is 84.5 inches; Gustafsson's is 76.5), the combatants said those measurements will be nonfactors when they step inside the Octagon.

"This sport is about intelligence and how you approach it," Jones said. "And I'm excited to show it."

Jones (18-1) is currently tied with Tito Ortiz for the UFC light-heavyweight record for most consecutive successful title defences with five. In his most recent fight on April 27, Jones defeated Chael Sonnen by first-round TKO.

Gustafsson is 15-1 as a professional. He will carry a six-fight winning streak into the bout. Bantamweight champion Renan Baroa checked in at 135lbs, as did his opponent, Eddie Wineland.

There was, however, some confusion as Wineland's weight was announced at 135.25lbs. Fighters receive a 1-pound weight allowance for non-title bouts, but not in title fights. UFC officials, however, confirmed to ESPN.com that Wineland did weigh in at 135lbs.

Every fighter on the card made weight for his respective bout except bantamweight Ivan Menjivar. He weighed in at 137lbs for his 135-lb fight with Wilson Reis (135lbs). Menjivar was given two hours to shed 1 pound.

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