Alexander Gustafsson Says He Absolutely Deserves a Rematch With Jon Jones

September 22, 2013

Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 120Light heavyweight challenger Alexander Gustafsson fell short in his quest to claim the UFC title, dropping a close unanimous decision to Jon Jones in the main event at UFC 165 in Toronto on Saturday night, but the “Swedish Mauler” believes that he deserves a rematch with the champion.

Gustafsson, who gave Jones the hardest time of any opponent in the champions 10-fight title reign, on Fox Sports 2’s Post-Fight Show, said that he “absolutely” deserves a rematch.

“Absolutely, I want a rematch right away,” Gustafsson said.

“He’s the champ for a reason. To take the belt from the champion you need to finish him. I’m disappointed. I did what I saw I could do and it wasn’t enough. I’m proud of what I did tonight and my team. I took him down; I’m proud of that.”

UFC president Dana White was non-committal when quizzed about a whether a potential rematch between the pair will be next. He admitted that he’d like to see a rematch and was certain that it will eventually happen, but he wasn’t ready to commit to anything on Saturday night.

“I’m not remotely saying there’s any chance a rematch is next,” White said.

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