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White responds to passed over Gustafsson: Cormier vs Jones is 'the fight we're doing now'

Dana White has no intention of letting Gustafsson sit on the sidelines and wait for a title shot as the light heavyweight contender's camp says is the plan, and White thinks it needs to be accepted that Jones vs. Cormier is happening.

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Alexander Gustafsson has been upset with the idea that he wasn't placed back into a title fight rematch with Jon Jones after Jones' bout with Daniel Cormier was postponed. Gustafsson vs. Jones 2 was the original plan before Gustafsson suffered an injury and had to pull out, at which point Jones vs. Cormier took center stage and blew up in the press thanks to brawls and profanity laced arguments.

Gustafsson felt that he should have been put into the fight since both men should be healthy in January, but Cormier was guaranteed that he'll keep his shot. This led to reports that Gustafsson wouldn't take any other fights until he got his title shot.

Dana White addressed the situation in the "Dana Download" on

"Gustafsson is upset, but it's not like we took Gustafsson out of the fight. Gustafsson got hurt and he's out," White said. "Cormier stepped in and accepted the fight and this is the fight that is going to happen now."

"The reality is we had Gustafsson versus Jones, he was the number one contender, that was the fight. He got hurt," White said. "He fell out of the fight. Well, people can say, 'Now Jones is hurt.' Well yeah, but this is the fight that's happening now."

He also addressed the idea that Gustafsson would sit on the sidelines until a title shot opportunity opened up, "We'll probably do another fight for him...He'll probably fight again to stay active, stay top of mind and the guy has to make money."

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