It's been an emotional past few months for UFC light-heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson. The Swede was reduced to tears when Anthony Johnson knocked him out at UFC on FOX 14 in January. Gustafsson considered retirement after the loss, but persevered and was rewarded with another crack at the title.
The 28-year-old will challenge Daniel Cormier for the 205 lbs. title at UFC 192 in October, but when speaking with MMA Junkie yesterday, Gustafsson said he'd prefer to rematch Jon Jones if given the option.
"I'd probably fight Jon Jones again," Gustafsson said. "That's the fight everybody wants to see," he added. "That's the fight I want to have again. I would do it for myself, but I would mainly do it for my fans."
'The Mauler' fought Jones in a pulsating five-round battle at UFC 165, and gave the former pound for pound #1 the fight of his career in 2013. 'Bones' earned a unanimous decision, but many scored the fight for Gustaffson and demanded an immediate rematch.
The UFC had other plans, however, as the promotion booked Jones up with Texeira and had Gustafsson take on Jimi Manuwa in London.
Things spiralled out of control when Jon Jones was involved in an alleged hit-and-run incident in April. The 28-year-old had allegedly skipped a red light in his hometown of Albuquerque and slammed his rental car into another vehicle being driven by a woman. The JacksonWink fighter was immediately stripped of his light-heavyweight title and suspended indefinitely.
In Jones' absence, Daniel Cormier seized the vacant LHW belt when he submitted Anthony Johnson at UFC 187. The former Olympian was expected to face Ryan Bader in his first title defense, but the UFC decided to grant Gustaffson with another title shot.
Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson will headline the UFC 192 pay-per-view on October 3rd at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.