Alexander Gustafsson Likely to Draw Anthony Johnson Next, Not UFC Title Shot

August 15, 2014
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Alexander Gustafsson is upset that Daniel Cormier will remain in a fight with light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 182 on Jan. 3, 2015, and he has every right to be, but that doesn’t mean things are going to change.

SEE ALSO: Jon Jones Out of UFC 178 with Injury

Gustafsson fell out of his rematch against Jones at UFC 178 due to an injury. Cormier stepped up and took his place for the Sept. 27 bout. Jones then fell out of the fight due to an injury of his own.

UFC officials decided to reschedule the bout for Jan. 3, but instead of reinstating Gustafsson – who will be healthy by then – they also determined that the fight will remain between Jones and Cormier.

UFC president Dana White on Thursday told UFC.com that Gustafsson sitting out isn’t likely to happen either. In all likelihood, he’ll be matched up with Anthony Johnson, who has been running roughshod over the 205-pound division since he returned to the UFC earlier this year.

SEE ALSO: Alexander Gustafsson Wants His Rightful Shot at Jon Jones

“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.”

That didn’t sit well with the Swede, who proclaimed, “It was MY fight to begin with and I WANT the fight!”

His manager, Manos Terzitane, recently told UFC Tonight that if Gustafsson wasn’t going to get the fight with Jones that he would sit out and wait to fight the winner of Jones vs. Cormier.

Despite Gustafsson and his manager protesting, White said the situation would’t likely play out the way the No. 1 light heavyweight contender wants.

“Gustafsson will probably fight again,” White continued. “He’ll probably fight again to stay active, stay top of mind, and the guy has to make money.”

White confirmed to UFC.com that Gustafsson vs. Johnson was probably be the fight most likely to make sense for the Swede, while Jones vs. Cormier plays out.

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  • steeltown65

    I say you match Gus vs CORMIER..

  • Balls Deep

    Gus will own Johnson anyway…Johnson fights like a robot the swede will be to fast!

    • Ian Price

      I don’t think anyone at 205 can beat Rumble except DC

  • Lt. Dangle

    Damn, that’s a hell of a fight. I almost don’t wanna see that fight cuz i like both of them so much, but, someone’s gotta go.

  • #1mmafan.

    Give Gus his rematch for the title and have DC and AJ fight a #1 contender match!

    • uncle

      I also prefer Gus vs Bones 2

    • Mark McDowall

      I think Gus/Jones is a better fight…but unfortunately the way the UFC is going these days all they care about is ticket sales and Jones/DC is going to sell more tickets and PPV’s. Especially after their little scuffle.

    • brad king

      this sounds like the best way to do it!

  • uncle

    Rumble should get the winner of OSP vs Bader
    And Gus should fight the winner of DC vs Jones

    • Baller31

      Good call, makes more sense

    • solo

      If the UFC works on good sense these days, than definitely. But…

  • Austin, TX

    Dana is a prostitute. Gus should get the rematch since the original reasoning is now missing. It WAS his fight. (That he won the first time around). Why does everything have to be a popularity contest. ps Jones is such a Christian he should get everything he wants simply because of his Phillipians New Testament tattoo on his chest …and his death threats… right? Ridiculous. He’s a thug. Arrogant, b*tchy clueless thug. Crybaby and liar on top of it.

    • Wolf Ticket

      What do you mean, Jones gets what he wants? He wanted to fight DC, but UFC made him fight Gustafsson. Only then Gus got injured, so the fight was changed.

      I don’t even like JJ, but this has nothing to do with what he wants, it’s all about what UFC wants, which is based on what they think brings more PPV buys, which more or less means it’s what the fans want..

  • brad king

    i hope this dont happen cause rumble gonna chop gus down like a tall oak tree!BUT it could be a premonition to what may happen if jones survives DC

    • brad king

      rumble hits ten times as hard as manawa does

    • uncle

      Rumble is very powerful. I think Gus and Rumble
      should save their energy for the champ. And
      we will see Jones chopped down like a tall oak tree lol .no reason to kill of future contenders

  • We fans win n this 1

    This is a great fight rumble vs Gus someone getting knocked out either could. I say put them on same card or end card. Winner gets jones DC winer. Or main even ufc on fox would be amazing type fight screams nationally televised event!!!!

  • David Huenecke

    I agree it’s a great fight but at the same time it’s bs. Ufc is just riding the hype train that DC and jbj already started. You can’t go from pre fight brawl to cold Gus and cold jbj.

  • DamianCross

    Why do I feel like Gus would’ve fought winner of Jones/DC next if he didn’t open his mouth

    • solo

      It could be the truth. It feels like Dana doesnt like this little rebellion of his fighters, so its like his way to say he’s the boss.

  • solo

    Bizarre things are happening in the UFC! Too bad for Gus, i honestly didnt expect this to happen. I just dont want to see Gus vs Rumble, cause that way we loose one contender. Anyway, i hope he gets his shot eventually.

  • julian moran

    Anthony Johnson is a bad fight for anybody. I feel bad for Gustafsson.

    • Obi-Wan Granoli

      maybe, but i think gustaffson will dismantle rumble. piece by piece.

      • brad king

        I think possibly u could be right but for the sake of interesting matchups, lets all pray that it doesn’t happen!

  • Denny Swain

    It seems that gus could sue ufc for violation of oral contracts. Gus should fight for another org for being disrespected by dana

    • Ian Price

      Dude, Gus got injured. Then Dana spent a bunch of money advertising the next fight. Even if the brawl hadn’t happened, Gus gave up his spot in line. And besides, it’s not like Cormier talked his way into the fight. The guy is undefeated, used to fight at HW, and has already proven he can do the weight cut to 205.

  • Bob Sacamanto

    It would be like the vitor/machida situation. Unless the challenger is the one injured, you can’t replace him. P.S. D swain, your comment is foolish and makes no sense, on account any move would be a major cut in pay sir.

  • Bob Sacamanto

    On the other hand, would love to see these guys settle it in a one night four man tourney.

  • TheCerealKiller

    No matter what, he has to fight Rumble at some point. Right now, it’s basically a four man tournament.

  • Baked Tilapia

    Comier vs Gus anything else doesn’t make since at this point.