jon-jones-54.jpgUFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has opened as an 8-to-1 favorite over his next challenger, Alexander Gustafsson, who is a 5-to-1 underdog.

Veteran oddsmaker Joey Oddessa on Thursday confirmed the opening line with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

Jones (18-1 MMA, 12-1 UFC) will put his title on the line against Gustafsson (14-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) this fall at UFC 165, UFC President Dana White announced following a media event for Saturday’s UFC 161 in Winnipeg. UFC 165 will take place Sept. 21 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

At -800 to Gustafsson’s +500, the line represents the second-highest opening number for a Jones title defense. He opened as high as -925 for his fight against Vitor Belfort this past September. Against Chael Sonnen in April at UFC 159, he opened -600 before climbing as high as -1100 at fight time. He won handily with a first-round TKO.

Oddessa said even at -800, the line could be low.

“It’s one of those ‘I  can’t make the price high enough bouts,’” said Oddessa, who can be found at @mmaodds on Twitter. “On fight night, there won’t be a betting favorites parlay that doesn’t include Jon Jones.”

Gustafsson has not fought since a December unanimous decision victory over Mauricio Rua at UFC on FOX 5 that officially put him into title contention. But an April fight that was supposed to take place against Gegard Mousasi in his home country of Sweden was scrapped when Gustafsson was cut in training the week before the fight and the governing commission ruled him out.

Oddessa said the price on Gustafsson will be tempting for underdog bettors – but cautioned against it.

“Math and stats guys will be searching to rationalize finding value in the high-priced underdog in a title bout, but there’s no value in a guy that won’t win,” Oddessa said. “If anything, the price is low. Alexander Gustafsson can’t compete with Jon Jones anywhere the fight goes.”

Gustafsson has not lost since his second UFC fight, a first-round anaconda choke submission to Phil Davis. Since then, he’s won six straight with the first four coming by stoppage.

For the latest on UFC 165, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Jon Jones)

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Jon Jones Has No “Real Satisfaction” Winning “Kinda Fake” Belt (Video)

  • 11 days ago
  • 13 views

Jon Jones opened up about his feelings over winning the interim belt, admitting that there was no "real satisfaction" winning a "kinda fake" belt. read news >>

How Jon Jones won one title while losing another at UFC 197 (Yahoo Sports)

  • 11 days ago
  • 15 views

From Yahoo Sports: Yes, Jones is now the interim light heavyweight champion, but flyweight Demetrious Johnson might have surpassed "Bones" as the best fighter in the world. read news >>

Jon Jones Explains Playing it Safe at UFC 197 Against Ovince Saint Preux (Video)

  • 11 days ago
  • 27 views

Former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones explains why he played it safe against Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197 during the event's post-fight press conference. read news >>

The MMA Road Show with John Morgan No. 56.5: Jones, Johnson, Cerrone, Head

  • 11 days ago
  • 0 views

Episode No. 56.5 of “The MMA Road Show with John Morgan” podcast, featuring Jon Jones, Demetrious Johnson, Donald Cerrone and Simon Head, is now available for streaming and download.Filed under: News read news >>

To UFC 197 winner Jon Jones, it was still a Michael Jordan-like night

  • 11 days ago
  • 17 views

Hey, even Michael Jordan had off nights, as new interim UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones would like to remind you.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC 197 rewind: What you got right & wrong

  • 11 days ago
  • 0 views

UFC 197, featuring the main event between Jon Jones and Ovince Saint Preux, featured a few plot twists few saw coming. Here's a look at what people got right and wrong about the event. read news >>

UFC 197 Talking points: Jon Jones, Demetrious Johnson and more

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 views

Demetrious Johnson's dominance, Jon Jones' beef with champion Daniel Cormier are the two big talking points to discuss after UFC 197. read news >>

At UFC 197, varying shades of greatness from 2 of MMA's best fighters

  • 11 days ago
  • 16 views

Between Jon Jones and Demetrious Johnson, we got a good look at two of MMA’s best fighters in one night. But greatness comes in all different shades these days, and a lot seems to depend on the lens read news >>

UFC 197 post-fight facts: Johnson, Jones continue special brand of dominance

  • 11 days ago
  • 9 views

UFC champs Jon Jones and Demetrious Johnson had boasted impressive statistics even before UFC 197. Check out the post-fight facts from the event to see the numbers now.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Joe Silva's Shoes: What's next for Jon Jones, UFC 197's other winning fighters?

  • 10 days ago
  • 22 views

With UFC 197 in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Joe Silva and Sean Shelby’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for the winning fighters.Filed under: Featured, Featured Vi read news >>