Alexander Gustafsson: “I Don’t Really Care, Jon Jones Can Cheat If He Wants, I Will Still Put A Beating On Him”
Jon Jones is eligible to fight on October 28, 2018, after receiving a 15-month ban. Alexander Gustafsson used this chance to call him on social media. He hopes for the rematch with the former UFC Light Heavyweight champ. But there is one problem. The Viking wants the fight for the belt. Daniel Cormier is the current Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight champion. DC is active, so title stripe doesn’t come as an option.
Dana White is not friendly towards Jon Jones return in November 2018. Gustafsson is even ready to go Heavyweight to face Bones even if he doesn’t want to cut his weight. (via MMAMania.com)
“He’s a big light heavyweight, I’m a big light heavyweight, that makes sense,” said Gustafsson on a recent interview on The Ariel Helwani Show. “I think it’s a great fight and it’s too good not to be about the belt. He never lost, they took his belt away. And ‘DC’ doesn’t want to fight, he’s a heavyweight now, aiming at Brock.”
Alexander Gustafsson is also ready to accept an Interim belt fight too.
“I think it should be about the real belt, of course. But if it’s for the interim let’s do it, I am up for it, I have no problem either way. I don’t know how it will play out, but for whatever it goes, I am here.”
Alexander Gustafsson was critical towards Jones’ PED use for a long period of time. Yet, he stated he has no problem to fight if Bones wants to cheat.
“I don’t really care, he can cheat if he wants, I will still put a beating on him. It’s all good for me, whatever he wants to do. I know what I have,” he added.
Jones was talking about his move to Heavyweight division. But at the moment, the match between Daniel Cormier and Brock Lesnar is slated for the beginning of 2019. Of course, this is only a verbal agreement. Brock needs to pass the USADA test pool in the first place.
There are no big chances Jon Jones will fight before 2019. A title shot versus Alexander Gustafsson might sound like a possible option. Cormier also announced his retirement when he becomes 40 years old. It will happen in March 2019. Would you like to see Mauler and Bones inside the octagon again? After all, their UFC 165 title match was one of the best fights ever!