Gustafsson Interested in Jones Rematch, But Not to Settle Their Score

September 4, 2016 11:17 am by Tom Taylor
Jon Jones Alexander Gustafsson

Back in 2013, former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and number-one-contender Alexander Gustafsson engaged in an unforgettable war for the ages. In the end, Jones would walk away with a unanimous decision win, though many parties believed Gustafsson had done enough to steal the title.

Today, Jones is neck-deep in a complicated stretch that has seen him detained for a laundry list of crimes, stripped of his UFC title, and suspended for failing a USADA-administered drug test. Gustafsson, meanwhile, fought yesterday, rebounding from a two-fight skid by defeating a game Jan Blachowicz.

Given Gustafsson’s return to relevance, and the fact that Jones could soon return to action if his upcoming hearing goes well, a rematch between the two fighters suddenly seems like a real possibility. Yet in a recent interview with Sporting News (via, Gustafsson revealed he’s not particularly hung up on settling his score with Jones. Instead, he’s interested in fights that will get him closer to a third crack at UFC gold.

“The fight we had is history to me now,” Gustafsson said. “Before, I was looking for that rematch and I wanted it real bad, title fight or not. Right now, I just take every fight that’s logical and will take me somewhere. If it’s Jon Jones, it’s Jon Jones. I’m not going to wait for a second fight.”

“As long as he [Jones] gets me to a title shot, I’m up for anything,” the Swede elaborated. 

In his interview with Sporting News, Gustafsson also weighed in the drama of Jones’ recent life.

“As a role model, people look up to him. It’s just sad to see it,” Gustafsson said. “He’s one of a kind. He’s made something for him that nobody else has ever done in this sport and then he just throws it out the window. I just think it’s sad.” 

Do you want to see a second showdown between Jones and Gustafsson, or would you prefer other fights for both men? Sound off, PENN nation!


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