In an interesting turn of events it seems that highly ranked UFC light heavyweight striker Alexander Gustafsson thinks he still gets to call the shots on who he gets next. News has broken that “The Mauler” is calling for a shot against number one ranked contender Lyoto Machida…that is IF he can’t get an immediate crack at the light heavyweight strap currently held by Jonny “Bones” Jones.
The lanky Swedish fighter, who is currently riding a six fight winning streak and is one of the few contenders that has not yet squared off against Jones, was supposed to fight Gagard Mousasi at last weekend’s UFC on FUEL TV 9 event but had to withdraw just days before the bout due to a nasty cut directly above his eye (see the cut here). Mousasi instead displayed his high caliber skills against replacement Ilir Latifi in an impressive performance. Common sense would say that now he should get the fight with Gustafsson in a true contender fight as soon as Alexander’s cut heals up (it needed three stitches and 2-3 weeks to heal).
However, after the bout we found out that Mousasi entered the fight on a banged up knee that requires immediate surgery and will keep him sidelined for the next few months.
With the Gustafsson vs. Mousasi fight now officially on the backburner that leaves Gustafsson searching for a new challenge to keep himself in the light heavyweight title hunt. And when we talk about the light heavyweight title hunt we have to mention Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida, who recently defeated Dan Henderson earlier this year at UFC 157 in an official number one contender fight and was looking to get the next shot at the title, which Champion Jon Jones will defend against Chael Sonnen on April 29th in New Jersey.
It seemed that a victory over Henderson would guarantee a title shot for Machida (who already lost of Jones back at UFC 140 in December of 2011) but his performance was far from impressive and much of the fight consisted of Machida avoiding the big overhand right of Henderson. UFC President Dana White was not thrilled with the performance but who else is in line for the next title shot? Oh, that’s right, Alexander Gustafsson!
Word is now circulating that Gustafsson is campaigning for a fight against Machida if he cannot get an immediate shot at the UFC strap next. That fight, before either gets a shot at the title, seems to make perfect sense. Both fighters are on solid winning streaks and have proven that they are indeed at the top of the light heavyweight food chain.
It is likely that nothing will come to fruition from this until Jones and Sonnen do battle for the UFC light heavyweight strap at the end of this month at UFC 159 but there is a chance that the UFC will indeed want to see Gustafsson and Machida battle it out for a shot at the UFC light heavyweight title just to prove who the real number one contender truly is.
So what do you think fight fans? Would a scrap between Gustafsson and Machida be worth holding off a title fight for a few extra months or does one of these men already deserve the next shot? Let’s hear your opinions Penn Nation!Tags: Alexander Gustafsson, BJPENN.com, Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson, featured, Gegard Mousasi, jon jones, lyoto machida, mma, MMA NEWS, ufc, UFC 159, ufc news, UFC on Fuel