Alexander Gustafsson Tells Jon Jones to ‘Stop Running,’ Dana White Reiterates Gus is Next

June 4, 2014
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Jon Jones vs Alexander GustafssonA rematch between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson seemed like a done deal last week. It’s the fight the UFC wants and the fight the fans want. Gustafsson has signed his bout agreement. The only thing standing in the way of making a rematch of the 2013 Fight of the Year is the champion.

On Monday, UFC president Dana White revealed that Jones wants to fight undefeated Daniel Cormier instead of Gustafsson.

Critics immediately started accusing Jones of running from Gustafsson and calling him a coward. Jones posted a video to his Instagram account on Tuesday addressing those critics (watch the video here).

Gustafsson posted a message on his Facebook page on Tuesday urging Jones to sign the bout agreement.

“Jon ‘Bones’ Jones, be a man, be a champ and sign that bout agreement and stop running. Keep in mind that after I beat you and become the champ I might be doing the same to you when you chase me for a rematch, as a revenge for not accepting my challenge,” wrote the 27-year-old Swede.

“Sooner or later you will have to face me, just make it sooner! The fans want this fight, UFC wants this fight and I want this fight, and I damn deserve it,” added the top 205-pound contender.

White spoke with the Albuquerque Journal on Wednesday and reiterated that Gustafsson is next in line.

“Yeah, definitely. Gustafsson’s next in line. Even Cormier said, ‘Listen, I hope this whole things works out for me and I get the shot, but even I believe that Gustafsson deserves the next shot.’ (Gustafsson is) the No. 1 contender, he’s waited for this rematch, and (Cormier) even agrees,” said the UFC president.

White also expressed his frustration with the situation and Jones’ penchant for seemingly shooting his legacy in the foot.

“It’s just one of those things that sucks, to be honest with you. As soon as that kid (Jones) starts to build some steam and starts to become the star that you think he can be, he comes out and doesn’t want to fight somebody,” said White. “You’re the champion, you’re the pound-for-pound best guy in the world, and he says he wants to be known as the best ever. Well, you don’t turn down opponents. You know what I mean? You’ve got to fight all the best in the world, anyway. You’re the man; everybody’s gunning for you.”

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  • robc

    Has anyone asked why he is not willing to fight Gus? It’s because he is in contract negotiations with the UFC. What better way to negotiate than to refuse to fight a guy that will ensure a huge PPV payday for the UFC. Jones will fight Gus again as long as the contract is what he wants. What else does he have to negotiate with? And frankly I don’t blame him at all. The UFC is seriously lacking in star power lately and Jones is sitting on top of the heap. They need to pay him according to his draw power.

    I’m sure a bunch of ignorant fanboys are going to say he is ducking Gus and calling him a coward etc (pretty much what Dana is trying to do in the public media to force the issue). What he is doing makes perfect business sense. The UFC will be forced to cave, he will get a better contract and the fight will happen.

    • manadon23 .

      Good point.

    • put me in the sauna coach

      EXACTLY..and then he can go down as loved as guys like Tito Ortiz ….opposed to those lame fighters who just took on all comers like Chuck Liddell. Then again Chuck did end up making way more than Tito and is being taken care of by the UFC till this day…while Tito will fight another 5 years cause he can’t sell any Team Punishment rash guards. Best way to be profitable is loyalty to your company…not being a diva.

    • brianb

      Except Jones isn’t in contract negotiations or shouldn’t be since Dana said he still has 5 fights left on his current contract.. Be a champ, fight whoever comes your way, if you’re meant to be the greatest then you’ll find a way to win. Or at least have a good rival to go back and forth with…

      http://www.mmaweekly.com/dana-white-jon-jones-wants-to-fight-daniel-cormier-next-not-alexander-gustafsson

      • Just-scrap-nation

        Amen brother and name another dominant champion that didnt have to do rematches. It’s apart of the sport. If you’re the best prove it and fight whoever else wants to prove it as well.

    • Baller31

      No, he’s not in contact negotiations. Nice try at justifying his cowardness.

    • Common_Sense

      It’s not up to Jon who he wants to fight. He’s got a contract with X number of fights – not with names of who he will fight. Dana decides who he will be fighting. Jon being vocal about not wanting to fight Gus makes him a pussy. All the true champions in UFC have said they will fight anyone, anywhere. Jon knows Gus was the hardest fight in his life. It’s not a coincidence he doesn’t want to fight him again. And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to recognize Jon’s cowardice. All you have to do is hop aboard the logic train, see how Jon’s been with past victories and rematches, and voila! You know realize Jon’s afraid of Gus & potentially losing his title!

  • put me in the sauna coach

    I heard the Heat are refusing to play the Spurs because they think the Lakers are more deserving.

    • greaseygranny

      Again. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Kyle Hughley

    Gustafsson for sure deserves the next shot. He’s come the closest to dethroning Jones in one of the greatest fights in MMA history, and it’s a rematch that both the UFC and fans have been asking for pretty much since the results of the first fight were announced. Unfortunately for Dana, the UFC, and the fans, Jon Jones is picky.

    • BustaFace

      Jon will cream Gus this next time around. He took him lightly the first time and didn’t prepare for how difficult he would be to take down. Guarantee he takes Gus down this time and beats his @$$ with his elbows inside of 2 rounds!

      • Matte

        Well, talk is cheap. On order to try and do that he’ll have to fight him.

  • The_DuDe

    Gustafsson “deserves” nothing. He had his chance and he lost. That’s how it works. WTF is “Deserves”? Why? Because he gave him a good fight? So? Beyond sick of these people and their sense of entitlement

    • Common_Sense

      He deserves it because the judging was poor, and the overwhelming majority of fighters and viewers agreed that Gus won. Jon’s face agreed Gus won. When someone loses a fight, they deserve another chance to settle the score & even things out. If a fighter loses twice in a row, then he does not deserve a third shot. Anyone can win once. That’s the way it’s been in organized fighting since the beginning. If you don’t like that, you should be watching soccer instead.

    • SomePeoplesKids

      i remember my first time watching UFC. . . . . stick a sock in it. You sound like all of the other “fresh fish” who think they know something. It’s obvious by the amount of knowledge and facts in all of the posts, that the fanboys don’t know wtf they are talking about, and DC is a much easier match up for Jones. If you don’t see that, then you don’t know jack about mma.

      • smedrano0206

        I don’t think DC is an easier challenge but Gus deserves the first shot

    • subtlefist

      Sense of entitlement? LOL… Because being #1 even in the eyes of #2 and 90% of the world and the guys that sign your check and every major ranking outlet on the planet means nothing… It’s either Cormier or Gus. Rumble still needs a match up before he gets a shot Cormier could use one more test. Who else in the LHWD is even in that tier of fighters to challenge Jones? In the UFC at the moment there are none. So I s’pose the UFC should just shelf Jones for a while since you know… No one can “deserve” a shot.

    • greaseygranny

      The_DoUche, I mean, The_DuDe

    • Darin

      WTF is “deserves”?

      to merit, be qualified for, or have a claim to (reward, assistance, punishment, etc.) because of actions, qualities, or situation: to deserve exile; to deserve charity; a theory that deserves consideration.
      verb (used without object), de·served, de·serv·ing.
      2.
      to be worthy of, qualified for, or have a claim to reward, punishment, recompense, etc.: to reward him as he deserves; an idea deserving of study.

      He deserves it because he dominated Jones, he made him look like he doesn’t DESERVE the belt. I know Jones squeaked out 3 rounds to Gus’s 2, but anyone that saw the fight knows what I mean.

      The fans wanted an immediate rematch and Jones insisted he needs to fight Glover first. Now that he’s done palming Glover’s face for 25 minutes, he has yet another guy he needs to fight first.

  • HpPavilion22

    the number 1 contender always deserves the next title fight..

  • brad king

    Gus will TKO jones this time!

  • TKDGuy

    I guess I’m the only one that doesn’t see Jones as running… He hasn’t said he won’t fight Gus, but that he wants to fight DC first. It’s a business and a sport – and Jones wants to fight someone else before fighting Gus again. No big deal to me. I’ll watch both fights. And before you all start jumping all over me, I want to see the Gus fight too… my 2c

    • Wolf Ticket

      He also said he wants to fight Glover first, then give Gus a rematch. It’s starting to look like a pattern, isn’t it?

      • TKDGuy

        Fair enough point.

    • smedrano0206

      It’s not up to him

      • TKDGuy

        It must be up to him at least a little bit, or he and Dana White wouldn’t be having the conversation that everyone is spouting off about…

        • smedrano0206

          I guess we’ll see after tomorrow

  • Wes Thomas

    Jon being scared sounds real dumb. Haters will hate

    • TrentSki

      And even his lovers will be wondering why he is scared too

  • jcarbaugh40

    Jon already beat this big dummy once in plain view!! He did his job beating Glover! Who did Gus fight for a deserving rematch? Cormier should be next, it makes more since for him and the sport! Dam if everyone that Jon has fought and wanted rematches cause they got beat, this wounldn’d be MMA, IT WOULD BE THE WWE!!

    • CodyShu

      Finally somebody talking sense. Early rematches are stupid especially when you have other more deserving contenders.

      • TrentSki

        Agreed, Gus was more deserving than Glover
        Anyone saying otherwise is a fool

    • Maddawgmar

      No no no, he beat him yes, but he was not convincing in beating him. More people believe Gus won that fight than believe Jones won, just not the judges. Yes he won, but it wasn’t the type of win that puts Gus down in the rankings. Gus deserves this fight, more than DC, who only has two wins at LHW, one of which was against a nobody.

    • TrentSki

      Did you watch the fight? Gus should be the champ
      No doubt, you are a troll

  • Dan

    I Think Gus And DC can and will beat Jones.

    • Darin

      I agree. They’re both better fighters, better people, and will make better champions.

    • B-Rye McScrachy

      NOPE! and all u Jones haters will see. heell kill both of em

      • B-Rye McScrachy

        they might have a CHANCE if it was 2 on 1… lol

      • Dan

        heell ?

  • MMA MONSTER

    What a chump I’d fire him he’ll disappear like vedor

  • MMA MONSTER

    You think Jon won at least and he cheated against Golver.

  • jcarbaugh40

    Fedor !

  • KrackerJack

    Jon will make it a point to get Gus on the ground this time and pound him into oblivion. Easy fight!

    • Matte

      If he accept the fight he even get a chance to prove that.

    • Maddawgmar

      Because he was so successful the first time. Jones was like 1 or 2 for 9 on takedown attempts. He literally was in effective with the takedowns, and the one or ones he got he wasn’t able to do anything with. And I guarantee Gus got way better at wrestling in the last year.

    • uncle

      He couldn’t get him on the ground that was the
      1st problem .Gus is going to break Jones

      • B-Rye McScrachy

        WROOOOOOONG!! all u jones haters f—ing crack me up! hes unbevievable when coming to fighting, has made superstars looks like damn amateurs! he CRUSHES! ONLY decent fight was alexander and who won that??? JONES! go ahead a bitch about “how he diiiiidnt WWIIIIIIIIIIN! obv. he did so stfu! he will shut all u haters the fck up when beats gus AND dc. funny mother fckers

    • Darin

      Did you see their first fight? Based on your comment, I don’t think you did.

      • B-Rye McScrachy

        obv. he going to SWITCH up his game dumbass!! u think hes going in there w the exact same game plan??? lol dipsht. i CANNOT wait till jones just says u know what, f— it. every1 wants to talk s–t like hes running, just bc HES ALREADY BEAT HIM! hes going to ANNIHILATE gus!

        • Darin

          “obv”? How damn lazy do you have to be to abbreviate the word obviously? I would imagine both fighters will fight a little different, duh. Unless Jones has completely reinvented himself, he will be dominated again. His only hope is that Gus will tire in the last couple rounds so Jones can squeeze through with another decision.

    • TrentSki

      I guess you missed the first fight?

  • BoneheadStopRunning

    Ok, let Cormier and Gus fight for the interim title; then let Dana tell Jones that he’s gonna have to sit on the sidelines for 5 years, because the interim champ will have to fight other guys to defend his belt before proving he’s really deserving of a shot a Jones…LOL…I bet you Jone Bonehead Jones is not gonna like being on the sidelines not making money for 5 years, because the interim champ needs to defend the belt and if he loses there needs to be another interim champ still trying to prove that he actually deserves to fight Jones. Come on Dana! Who’s the boss around here. Yes, it’s Jones career, but he’s still the employee. You wanted to make GSP rematch Hendricks, yet you don’t have the balls to make Bonehead rematch Gus? Are you afraid that arrogant moron accuses you of being a racist? If not, why so much leniency towards this moron!?

  • laleggenda27

    It’s a strange world when professional fighters are referred to as cowards by people on the internet. They literally lock themselves in a cage with the best fighters in the world with a million people watching. I guess this is what passes for a coward these days. Strange indeed.

    I can’t believe anyone is taking this seriously. Jones just fought a
    month ago and we’re already talking about him ducking people? The collective IQ of the MMA community never
    ceases to amaze me. The bout agreement will probably be signed within
    the next couple weeks and all will be fine with the world. Jones is
    most likely using this as an opportunity to re-negotiate better contractual
    terms for himself, which would be a smart business move.

    I’m not a Jones fan, but get real people.

    • Matte

      He isn’t a coward as in afraid to fight.

      He is a coward in the sense he’s afraid to lose.

      • laleggenda27

        Even if he were afraid to lose, which I don’t think is actually the case, how would that make him a “coward?” Unless you’re doing something with your life that demonstrates comparable courage, you shouldn’t refer to professional fighters as cowards. It makes you look like an ignoramus.

        • TrentSki

          Ouch, I cringed when I see you making a fool of yourself

    • DREW JITSU

      Jones isn’t doing nothing for his contract seeing as he still has a couple fights left on his current contract .. So why the stalling ??

      • laleggenda27

        What makes you think that he can’t re-negotiate the terms of his contract? It happens all the time in business. Do you think that the UFC doesn’t try to re-negotiate contracts when fighters under-perform?

        • Darin

          So, he’s not scared, he’s just a dick?

  • Emanon

    This is FRIGGIN STUPID!! Jon Jones fights whomever is the #1 contender… He just got done with a fight against Taxeieria (sp?) who he dominated. Give the guy a rest. Here is WHY WHITE is giving Jon crap — Gustavo is a huge draw in Europe, he sees dollar signs.. Jon Jones is still cultivating “star power”.. White sees Gustavo as a bigger money maker than Jon. Period. Jon Jones has yet to run from anyone – I don’t get it. He ALWAYS steps up and fights…. I’d rather see Gustavo fight Cormier.. and Jon Jones fights the winner.. period. Who has Gustavo beat since losing to Jones to “deserve a title shot”? NOBODY. This is all about the money for white.

    • Maddawgmar

      Gus is the number 1 contender, and he was when Glover fought Jones.

    • RV Cos

      “He ALWAYS steps up and fights?”

      Get your facts straight, he wouldn’t fight Chael Sonnen when it was a short notice change of opponents. They ended up cancelling the first UFC event.

      I admit two things, I really dislike Jon Jones, and Jon Jones is the best pound for for pound fighter right now, period.

      No one fighter is bigger than the organization and he is in no position to refuse a fight. Given the fact that Gustavo is the only person to give him a real fight, and in my eyes won that fight, he deserves the next title shot.

      While Jon Jones is the best MMA fighter from a skill perspective, his ego is on a whole other level if he thinks he can pick and choose the fights he wants.

      I hope the UFC has the ability to strip him of the title if he refuses this fight.

      • Darin

        DUDE, his name is GUSTAFSSON!!! STOP SAYING GUSTAVO AND MAKING YOURSELF LOOK LIKE AN IDIOT!

        • RV Cos

          1. You must really like the caps button

          2. I Abbreviated his name, sorry if you are too ignorant to figure it out
          3. Doesn’t take away from the fact that everything I said was true.
          The only idiot is you.

          • smedrano0206

            If you abbreviated his name, you should’ve used a “F” instead of a “v” to cause less confusion

          • Darin

            Gustavo is NOT an abbreviation for the name Gustafsson. “Gus” makes some sense, “Gustavo” none whatsoever. Since when is a Swedish name abbreviated with a Spanish one? Why not just admit that you wrote that because the guy you were responding to was equally uninformed and also wrote Gustavo?

            ( I LOVE the caps key!)

      • Paul Warner

        I you were the champ with everything to lose would you fight someone you weren’t prepared for? You can’t answer this honestly because you’ll likely never be one of those guys! Chael is a chump and just would have gotten his ass beat sooner than he did. Jones has been the most active belt defender in UFC history. How many times has Velasquez fought in the last 18 months? And why are they running Jones ragged with fights? Don’t be a hater, he’s beat everyone put in front of him. I think Gus and Cormier should duke it out first. They both have big mouths, one of em should be shut!

        • RV Cos

          His comment was that he never turned down a fight, I stated he was wrong. I am not going to argue the reasons for it, just pointing out that his statement
          was not true.

          No I am not an MMA fighter or UFC champion, and neither are you, that has nothing to do with my reply. As far as Cain, his lack of activity was mainly due to injury, not from wanting to fight. Check the facts if you wish.

          Call me a hater if you will, I stated 2x he was a great fighter, but that doesn’t make
          him a great person, two different things.

          • Commenttool

            Well if you were his manager he would probably not be the champ anymore. Ya lets fight Chael on short notice with nothing to gain from it? That sounds smart?

          • RV Cos

            LOL, it happens all the time in the fight game and do you really think Chael could beat JJ on any day?

            He was fighting at MW at the time too. Seriously, it would have been a gimmie fight

        • RV Cos

          Need to add a few things:

          Jon Jones
          1 fights in 2014
          2 fights in 2013
          2 Fights in 2012

          He is pretty much on the same pace as every other champion, that wasn’t injured. This includes GSP, Anderson Silva, etc. Benson Henderson fight 3 times in 2012 so while he was champion he defended his belt more times. (per year)

          No one is running Jon Jones ragged with fights. The reason he probably is chosen to fight more is that he dominates and doesn’t take much damage with the exception of the GUS fight. Not to say training camp and all the promotion that goes with fighting isn’t difficult, but he isn’t being asked to defend his belt more than any other champion.

          Chuck Liddell actually fought more times during (per year) during his rein as champion 1 year 4x. So please check your facts!

    • Darin

      I’d rather see….wait….who the HELL IS GUSTAVO???? Do you know what site you’re on? Do you even know what sport you’re discussing???!!!

    • RV Cos

      wrong location

    • TrentSki

      I totally agree, after Gus was robbed in there first fight, it should have just been an immediate rematch

    • B-Rye McScrachy

      EXAAACTLY!! who the fck has he beat since they fought last to deserve ANOTHER title shot???? i totally agree w DC vs gus 1st, winner GETS TITLESHOT!!

  • uncle

    This guy is a dumb a** I knew he changed when he start
    crawling around the octagon like a spider. he got too cocky ,so it was amazing to watch Gus humble this 2 faced bastard. Jones don’t like fighting some1 his own size, now we all know he doesn’t want to take another
    long ride in the ambulance

    • Back Jauer

      Ohh.. the champ always steps up to the challenge.. :) I remember the days you all called chael as the real champ and how did that go??You probably called anderson an ass then also??And now you are shouting that gus would even be near a material or are you just a jones hater??!! My suggestion comes now.. DC is the real threat to Jon, let gus and DC fight for the right to fight the champ..

      • Back Jauer

        Now thats fair!

      • uncle

        I always rooted for Anderson so you need
        to lay off that pipe .because crack will crack your mind open. that’s another thing Siva beat Chael twice GSP beat Kos twice
        so why make a big deal about it .Jones was already booked to fight Gus anyway now he wants DC he beats a Barista and Hendo without TRT whoa .I bet if he
        beats Jared from Subway you would still think he should be the number 1 contender

      • TrentSki

        You are a virgn

  • Darin

    I love that Dana is sticking to his guns on this one and not letting the employee tell the boss his business.

  • Darin

    If he manages to decision Cormier, then what? Suddenly he has some “unfinished business” with Matt Hamil?

  • Back Jauer

    Haha, jones is waiting him out, jones would knock or submit him in second or third when hes not underestimating him.. hope he is waiting for dc vs gus first.. :) coz dc is the real threat here.. :)

    • smedrano0206

      Just like he KO’d or submitted Texiera?

  • Scott Webster

    This situation is oddly reminiscent of the chuck liddel/tito ortiz situation. As soon as jones found someone who could actually challenge him and in the eyes of many (myself included) beat him he doesnt want to fight him. The champion fights the no 1 contender period. He needs to stand up be a man and put his title on the line or be stripped of his belt

  • Ken Powers

    He’s losing his fan base. I was a die hard JBJ nut hugger, now I think he’s dodging too and he really didn’t look that great against Tex.

    • Gurp

      I know how you feel about everything but the last part. He straight-up destroyed Tex.

      • Ken Pow

        It should have been a KO or sub.

        • smedrano0206

          Yeah even Bader almost had him out

        • Gurp

          You can’t finish them all, especially not in the upper echelons. Jones is a wrestler, not a power striker.

  • TheCerealKiller

    One fight win streaks don’t deserve title shots.

    • TrentSki

      Your right, there should have been an immediate rematch after some incompetent judges awarded Jones the first fight

    • Mickey MooNaah King

      idiot^

  • Haashkee Yitnanaswood

    So if Gus loses everyone is gonna cry for a fight #3 too? Then blame Jones for winning.

  • We.Are.Legion

    Jones is a sniffling little p**** who only wants to grind out boring wins against wrestlers. Gus is Jones’ own size and can slug with Jones so Jones doesnt want to fight him. Hey Jones, why dont you grow a pair and fight who the boss says you will fight? Wasnt it enough you were the sole cause of the first cancelled UFC event in history because you couldnt get your feminine problems in check? Visit the gyno, get some cream to fix your little problem there and fight Gus… He’s next, not DC.

    • Commenttool

      Grinds out boring wins? The dude finishes almost every fight!! Why are people saying he is running? The dude already beat Gus no matter what yall say. Tied going into the 5th and bones destroyed in the fifth. He is not running he is actually asking to fight Daniel Cormier who is going to be even a tougher fight than Gus was. Did yall watch what he just did to Dan Henderson? In any other sport no one asks for rematches? Think about it from the fighters point of view. He already finished that challenge and wants a different challenge. Can you blame him? Dont get me wrong I would love to see the gus fight again, the first one was amazing, but would rather see a new fight and watch fearless Cormier get inside that reach. Go Jones

    • Charlton Wilson

      “…grind out boring wins against wrestlers…:

      What a stupid statement!! *facepalm*

    • mmalive

      We.Are.Legion, You are a JACK A$$ and clown. Step in the cage with Jones and REPEAT your statement. Jones not “grind out win”. But rather scrape your face, break your arm or ground and pound you to SLEEP FOOL. You can not face fact Jones is as Triple H would say ” that damn good”