UFC 159 results: Jon Jones wants to fight Alexander Gustafsson next

Esther Lin of MMA Fighting

Jon Jones spoke briefly at the press conference before going to the hospital. During his time he spoke about his hopes for the next challenger for the UFC light heavyweight title.

Jon Jones had an interesting quote at tonight's post fight press conference. He spoke to the media, telling them that he wants to fight Alexander Gustafsson. Not because he's necessarily the best challenger for the belt, but because it will finally end the talk about his size advantage. Tired of hearing about his size as the key component to his victory he spoke about his preference in facing Gustafsson over Machida, because Gustafsson's size and length would finally allow him to be recognized for his skills first.

He also spoke about the injury somewhat to say that it shouldn't affect his plans going forward, but with an indefinite suspension on the table it will probably keep him out a lot longer than he might have otherwise hoped. Apparently Machida also spoke to someone backstage, suggesting that he'd like to fight Gustafsson, with Jones out for a while this might be the most logical no. 1 contender fight to keep the division moving.

Here's what Dana had to say about the potential of Gustafsson getting a title shot in his next fight:

Alexander should have fought that night (UFC on Fuel TV 9). And he didn't fight. Jon Jones isn't gonna be fighting any time soon.

So it sounds like they're looking to keep Gustafsson busy and not leave him on the shelf as well, just to wait for a shot at Jones.


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