Alexander Gustafsson on Jon Jones: I think I'm in his head now, and that's good

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sport

No. 1 ranked UFC light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson says he will be a changed fighter when he faces Jon Jones a second time, and that this time he will finish Jones

After UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones defeated Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 talk turned to a coming rematch against No. 1 ranked contender Alexander Gustafsson.

The champion's mood seemed to change with the mention of Gustafsson's (16-2) name, and Jones (20-1) made it clear that the subject was of no interest to him, "I don't really want to talk about that kid at all," said Jones. When asked a follow up question on Gustafsson, Jones reiterated his stance, "I'm not going to talk about him at all. I'm having a good time. I just won a fight."

Gustafsson has his opinion on why Jones didn't want to talk about him. Appearing on The MMA Hour he said of Jones, "I think I'm in his head now, and he gets irritated by me - just by my name, and that's good."

When that rematch does happen, Gustafsson said he expects to show Jones an improved fighter over the one that showed up for their UFC 165 fight; a fight Jones won by unanimous decision. During that five round battle, which topped many 2013 "Best Of" lists, Gustafsson bloodied Jones and took him down on multiple occasions.

After the fight, many were quick to praise Gustafsson's performance, and the media attention was overwhelming for the fighter that came out on the losing end of the decision. Despite that praise, Gustafsson made his feelings on that scrap clear when he said, "I lost that fight, and that's the only thing that matters to me. I'm not here to be the No. 2 or No. 3 fighter. I want to be the best. That's the only thing that means anything to me."

Gustafsson said Jones "looked good" in his title defense against Teixeira, but that Jones didn't put on the type of performance he expected to see from the champion. "You used to see spectacular things from Jon Jones when he fights, and he didn't do like he used to do in his previous fights," Gustafsson said when assessing Jones latest title defense.

As for what Jones can expect in their rematch, Gustafsson said he is constantly evolving, and that he will be a new fighter when he does get his second chance at Jones. Gustafsson also said that unlike the first fight, the rematch will not go to a decision, there will be a finish, and there will be a new UFC light heavyweight champion when that finish comes.

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