Alexander Gustafsson Knee Injury Requires Surgery, but Still Foresees Jon Jones Rematch

July 25, 2014
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Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on Fox 5A knee injury may have forced Alexander Gustafsson out of his planned rematch with light heavyweight Jon Jones at UFC 178, but it hasn’t dashed his hope for the future.

“I’m disappointed I can’t fight, but this is not the end, it’s just the beginning,” Gustafsson told UFC.com on Thursday. “I’m going to come back much stronger.”

The Swede revealed that the injury he suffered while sparring earlier this week was a torn meniscus in his right knee.

“I was sparring and I felt my knee pop twice, but it didn’t hurt, it just felt strange,” he said. “I finished training and came home and then I woke up the next morning and I could barely walk on my right leg. Then I felt the knee right away.”

The doctor told Gustafsson that the tear would require surgery and an approximate rehabilitation time of five to six weeks.

With Gustafsson on the sideline, Daniel Cormier agreed to take his place against Jones. It’s another fight that fans have wanted to see, and one that both Jones and Cormier have been pining for.

Gustafsson has appreciation for the pairing as well, but thinks that, at the end of the day, he’ll still get his rematch with Jones, because he believes Jones will get the better of Cormier on Sept. 27.

“It’s an interesting match-up,” said Gustafsson. “Both are great athletes and it’s going to be a tough fight for sure. But Jones has his height and reach advantage over DC, so I think that will be the key thing in this fight. I think Jones by decision.”

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  • solo

    Too bad for Gus, but he will be back. This matchup between JBJ and DC excites me more!
    2 months till the fight happens, DC can do this if he stays healthy!!!

    • TheCerealKiller

      He was supposed to have knee surgery, that’s what I don’t like about this fight.

  • Hugh Shakeshaft

    With DC in there now, the sourness of this fight’s delay has gone away. I have a feeling Gus will be fighting DC for the strap. And there’ won’t be a need for a rematch because it’s not even going to be close. DC has manhandled everyone, what makes Bones any different?

    • Wardsize

      Jones has manhandled every wrestler he’s fought. Remember Rashad fight? I expect something similar, also has like 12′ reach advantage.

      • Hugh Shakeshaft

        I do remember the Rashad fight and I feel like Rashad sat on his hands in that fight. It sucks Rashad and DC did not fight this spring. That said, I don’t think Bones has encountered someone of DC’s caliber.

        • ZJR

          You act like Daniel “Fat Boy” Cormier is a great fighter. He has fought no one, just a few has-been fighters WAY past their prime and an even more fat Nelson. Jones will easily beat him the same way he has done everybody else except Gus.

          • Wardsize

            He beat unroided Barnett, unknown barista, 43 year old Hendo, Bigfoot, obese Nelson.

          • natpaukar7

            in all fairness i believe the same could be said for Jones with the exception of Teixeira (who proved to not have the heart or tenacity to beat jones) and Gus (who jones struggled intensely with)…as good as jones is I will never take it away from him…he beat everyone AFTER they have already been beaten and past their primes minus the two exceptions i mentioned. just an opinion

          • Hugh Shakeshaft

            I believe you will be proven wrong. I am highly confident Bones will join the long list of fighters who have been straight up manhandled by DC. Bones will be on his back within two minutes of the first round.

      • natpaukar7

        i know a=b b=c so a=c doesn’t always work in mma but think about it like this….Rashad lost to Jones …yes….rashad beat henderson (barely) and he could hardly take him down…on the other hand DC took henderson down like rocking a baby to sleep….so I find DC to be a much much much much better wrestler than rashad…better hands…stronger for sure ….I know on paper it looks one way but I do not personally see any aspect of the game that Jones has an advantage enough to win….Reach is huge I will give him that….I just don’t think it will be enough to nullify DC and all that he has…power, speed, wrestling and relentlessness

  • ZJR

    Daniel “Fat Boy” Cormier has no chance. Jones will toy with him like he does any other fighter that he enjoys such a huge height/reach advantage over.

    • Jon Doe

      Daniel “Fat Boy” Cormier
      ?? smh…

  • SamBruin7 .

    I think DC has a good chance in this fight. Jones hasn’t looked all that great in his last 3 or so fights and seems to be on the decline. He used to finish his opponents convincingly but recently I don’t see the same explosiveness or killer instinct anymore. DC on the other hand has been very consistent and I think he has way better hands. I think the way to beat Jones is with superior boxing like what Gustaffson almost did.

    • Muttley76

      Hasn’t been impressive? When he fought Glover it was one of the more impressive fights he’s had. He beat one of the better boxers on the inside, and it was a guy with about as much power as you’ll ever see from a sub-heavyweight. I get that a lot of people don’t like Jones personally (and I can understand why lol), but the lack of respect for a guy that’s done what he’s done is ridiculous. The guy has shown nothing to suggest he’s not the best in the world, and I doubt he will at any point in the next couple of years at least.

  • Shred Man

    DC is going to win. There is no way jones can stop DC’s wrestling. He has a gold medal in the Olympics and he is much much stronger than Jones. DC KO via ground and pound.