Number One UFC Light Heavyweight Title contender Alexander Gustafsson has had some strong words about the current champion Jon Jones.
Gustafsson, 16-2 in MMA, fought to a razor thin split decision loss against Jones in September 2013. Since then, he has earned himself another title shot through his victory over Jimi Manuwa in March.
Seemingly, the Swedish native was not impressed by the champions performance. Talking to Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour, Gustafsson said:
"He was dominating Glover from the beginning, no doubt about it.
"But, I don't know it seemed like he didn't perform like he used to do. I thought that, I don't know, he did enough to win the fight basically.
"We used to see spectacular things with Jon Jones when he fights. He mixed things up and he did it in this fight too. But he didn't do it like he used to do in his previous fights."
This could be a very bias statement from Gustafsson. Jones' performance against challenger Glover Teixiera at UFC 172 was one of his most impressive to date. When the pair met at UFC 165, many people believed that 'The Mauler' did enough in the fight to get the victory and become the new Light Heavyweight Champion. However, the decision went in favour of Jones.
Since then, Gustafsson and the rest of the MMA community have campaigned for his rematch. He eased past Jimi Manuwa to do so. Leading up to the fight, the Swede believes he has the advantage in the mind games.
He said: "I think I'm in his head now. I've been learning a lot in my years, it's not just the fight itself, its a lot mentally fighting each other, that's something I learned later days.
"I realize now it's very important. I think it's all in his head now and he gets irritated just by my name. I think that's good. I'm not a trash talker, that's not my thing. But if someone asks me, I'm going to say what I feel and what I think."
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