It Looks Like Alexander Gustafsson Is Willing To Do Anything To Fight Daniel Cormier!
After the spectacular and surprising first-round clinch KO at the main event of UFC 226, Alexander Gustafsson became the man who lost nearly everything. He was waiting for the UFC Light Heavyweight title shot for a very long period of time but Daniel Cormier became the two-division champion!
After the victory over Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 109 in May 2017, Alexander Gustafsson became the top Light Heavyweight contender. He still successfully keeps that spot but Daniel Cormier had a well-known show time with Brock Lesnar after the main event of UFC 226, and there is a big question whether he will defend Light Heavyweight or Heavyweight title first. The Viking is frustrated and he has a great backup plan. (via MMAFighting.com)
“It’s frustrating because he has something I want,” Gustafsson told MMANytt recently. “He doesn’t come back down and face me and he’s keeping the belt. But at the same time, the hunt isn’t over. … I might continue chasing [DC]. If I need to move up to heavyweight to face him, I will.”
Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson have already had a showdown at UFC 192, where DC won via controversial split decision. The Mauler was trying to set up the second fight versus the current two-division champion but he was unlucky every single time. Brock Lesnar officially hasn’t won the fight since UFC 116, and he gets a title shot. Looks like The Viking has the similar opinion to Stipe Miocic when it comes to this insane move.
“It’s not fun and pretty ridiculous in my opinion,” Gustafsson said of the Lesnar fight. “I don’t see the logic in this fight. It’s only a money fight [because] Brock has a big following from wrestling.
“I understand DC though. He wants to make money. It’s a better fight for his wallet, fighting Brock instead of going down to fight me. It’s a way bigger risk to fight me.”
Unfortunately, Alexander Gustafsson won’t fight versus Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 227. Despite DC might receive more money for facing Brock Lesnar, Mauler still believes Cormier definitively wants to stay away from the fight against him. Even Mauricio Shogun Rua has better chances of fighting for UFC Light Heavyweight title if he defeats Anthony Smith at UFC Fight Night 134 this weekend.
“It’s funny, it’s clear he doesn’t want to face me,” Gustafsson said. “First of all, he is never coming back down to light heavyweight. He is struggling to stay at heavyweight. DC is a big boy, as tall as he is wide. I don’t think he will go down again. He loves food and loves to eat. To sacrifice so much with dieting and food and then going down to face me? I think I will have to move to heavyweight to get a piece of DC again.”
Alexander Gustafsson confesses he respects Daniel Cormier and he doesn’t want to have the beef with him. Mauler also believes DC is better as a Heavyweight competitor, so his decision to risk and go one division up doesn’t come up as a big surprise. The only reason why Mauler dislikes Cormier is the fact he has his belt.
“DC is smart and he’s a big inspiration for me,” concluded Gustafsson. “Thirty-nine years old and two belts. I can’t really trash the guy and I can’t really have beef with him. I think he’s great in every way, it just sucks that he has my belt. Let’s see how we solve it.”
What do you think, could the fight between Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson be the similar spectacle like Jones Vs Gustafsson back at UFC 165? One thing is certain, The Viking always shows his best performance versus the toughest superstars. Who is your favorite, if this fight happens?