The very moment that it was announced that Jon Jones was withdrawing from UFC 178 due to an injury, Alexander Gustafsson jumped in, telling the world that he was here and ready to take his rightful place against Jones in January.
“I just heard the news that Jones is injured and the fight is rescheduled to January 3,” Gustafsson wrote on Facebook. “Until then, I will be more than ready, it was MY fight to begin with and I WANT the fight as the number 1 contender. End of story!”
Gustafsson seemed adamant that he deserved no less than the title shot. After all, it was his title shot to begin with right? But Dana White, fresh from his vacation in Bora Bora made it clear that it was not a personal affront to Gustafsson, but just the way things worked out.
“Gustafsson is upset, but it’s not like we took Gustafsson out of the fight. Gustafsson got hurt and he’s out,” White said. “Cormier stepped in and accepted the fight and this is the fight that is going to happen now.”
“The reality is we had Gustafsson versus Jones, he was the number one contender, that was the fight. He got hurt,” White said. “He fell out of the fight. Well, people can say, ‘Now Jones is hurt.’ Well yeah, but this is the fight that’s happening now.”
When Gustafsson’s manager appeared on UFC Tonight, he was just as adamant that “the Mauler” wouldn’t fight for anything less than the light heavyweight belt. White, however, has other plans, and wants to keep Gustafsson active and paid.
“Gustafsson will probably fight again. We’ll probably do another fight for him,” White said. “He’ll probably fight again to stay active, stay top of mind and the guy has to make money.”Tags: Alexander Gustafsson, daniel cormier, jon jones, UFC 178