Last night, in the main event of the UFC’s latest trip to Stockholm, Sweden, national MMA hero Alexander Gustafsson picked up a dominant win over Glover Teixeira, piecing him up with crackling combos for four rounds, and putting him away with a violent volley of punches in the third.
With this win in the books, Gustafsson is now right on the precipice of another light heavyweight title shot – though it’s hard to say whether his next shot will come against champ Daniel Cormier or former champ Jon Jones, who fight in the main event of UFC 214 this July.
Speaking at the UFC Stockholm post-fight press conference, Gustafsson explained that he hopes Cormier wins, because he respects him, while he doesn’t consider Jones to be a good person.
“I don’t like him,” Gustafsson said of Jones (via MMAFighting.com). “I give him that he’s the best fighter of all-time, the best pound-for-pound fighter of our division — of course, everybody knows that. He hasn’t even lost a fight yet, he demolishes everyone he fights. But as a person, as a champion, he’s not a champion, in my eyes. He’s not a good person, in my eyes.
“That’s why I always tell the guys, ‘I hope that DC [Daniel Cormier] wins, because I like the guy, he’s a worthy champion. So that’s what I mean when I say that he’s the biggest enemy of all-time.”
Gustafsson then weighed in on potential rematches with Jones and Cormier, both of whom he’s battled to razor close decision losses in the past.
“It’s all about the lost rounds,” Gustafsson said of these failed title shots. “I’ve just been so close to winning the fights, I lose a little bit in the end, but we’ve changed our camp and our conditioning is on another level. Today, I’m not going to lose on the finish line again. It’s not going to happen. Today, I could go 10 rounds. I could go 10 rounds next time I fight DC or Jones.”
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/29/2017.