Jon Jones may have had the toughest fight of his career when he faced Alexander Gustafsson, but he's still not feeling it when it comes to the path Gustafsson is going to have to take to get another crack at the UFC light heavyweight title. Jones made claims that he "just wants to see him fight a top contender" to earn his shot and "...seems like these guy aren’t really having the toughest time getting to the belt. Glover Teixiera goes from [Ryan] Bader to a championship fight. Gustafsson went from Shogun [Rua] to a championship fight. Let’s have the top guys fight each other. I feel like they save all the dogs for me and give the toughest guys the easiest matchups to get a title shot."
"Jon, I love you, you’re not a matchmaker," White said. "Fight your fight, he’ll fight his fight, and don’t worry about it. When you talk like that it makes it sound like you’re worried about it."
Manuwa is certainly an interesting choice for Gustafsson to get back to a title shot, however.
While the Fox Sports piece mentions that he's 3-0 in the UFC with all three wins coming by TKO, it doesn't mention that two of those TKOs (against Cyrille Diabate and Ryan Jimmo) were both caused by injuries. Diabate tore his calf while Jimmo injured himself seemingly out of nowhere while bouncing up and down.
Manuwa is a good fighter, but to say that he is the kind of opponent that a win over right now puts you into a title fight does seem odd. Then again, when Antonio Rogerio Nogueira couldn't be the opponent as the UFC wanted, they simply didn't have much choice.