UFC’s Light Heavyweight title picture has been kind of strange since Jon Jones ascended to the throne of Champion. Jon Jones is undoubtedly one of the best fighters in the world, we’ll never be able to take that away from him, but his reign has been confusing and frustrating, to say the least. The title fights against Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort are prime examples of how his reign has just been, well, confusing. Both guys were late additions and both had been considered top Middleweight contenders at some point, but neither were anywhere near a Light Heavyweight title shot.
Then there was the whole Alexander Gustafsson thing. When Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson met in the ring it ended up being one of the best Light Heavyweight title bouts in UFC history, if not the best. Everyone thought that Jon Jones had the fight handily under control before it even began only for Gustafsson to put on a performance of a lifetime and cause fans everywhere to argue if Gustafsson got screwed when the fight went to the score cards.
Since then Gustafsson has been calling for a rematch with Jones, only for Jones to make arguments that he should be facing other competition like Glover Teixeira and that Gustafsson needed to “prove himself” again. You know, after Gustafsson almost beat Jon Jones, right?
Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson was scheduled, then Gustafsson had to pull out due to an injury and Daniel Cormier was plugged into the title fight instead. That makes sense because the UFC needs to have one of their banner champions competing, but then something weird happened. Cormier and Jones built up quite a beef, so much so that the mainstream media picked up on their brawl at the MGM Grand. Cormier/Jones was now a money fight, so when Jones had to pull out with an injury they didn’t find a replacement or push the fight back and return it to Jones vs. Gustafsson, it was Jones vs. Cormier still. That left Gustafsson in a bit of a lurch.
Gustafsson was then pegged to fight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson in the interim, with Lorenzo Fertitta assuring him that he’d get a title shot no matter the outcome. Well, that didn’t exactly turn into a reality, either, seeing as though Rumble is indefinitely suspended over domestic violence charges. Now what? Now the UFC is lining up Rashad Evans vs. Alexander Gustafsson, possibly in Sweden? Let’s see if this happens.
It’s starting to feel like Gus might be cursed.