Alexander Gustafsson has taken yet another shot at rival Jon Jones saying that his performance against Glover Teixeira was "enough to win".
Gustafsson isn't one of the prominent trash talkers in MMA but he's certainly had it in for title rival Jones in the recent weeks as the hype to their rematch builds already.
The two put on an outstanding back and forth fight last year that saw them win Fight of the Night honours for 2013 and ever since the close decision victory fans have been clamouring for the two to rematch - something that was confirmed with Jones' win over Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 on Saturday.
The 26 year old American put on what most would call a great display to defeat Teixeira and defend his title for a UFC record seventh time. That performance didn't please Gustafsson though.
"He was dominating Glover from the beginning, no doubt about it," Gustafsson said in an interview with MMAFighting's MMA Hour. "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."
The tension between the two has been heating up all week and anyone would have thought that it was those two fighting, not Jones and Teixeira.
Jones dismissed Gustafsson as "that kid" in the post-UFC 172 press conference and refused to talk about him. That pleased the Swede who thinks it means he's "in his [Jones'] head".
"I think I'm in his head now," Gustafsson said. "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."
He was also excited by the prospect of the bout being held in Sweden, something that Dana White expressed an interest in after UFC 172 as well. It would be no issue for Gustafsson who described it as a "dream". White dismissed any concerns from Jones saying "he'll fight where we tell him to fight."
Gustafsson was also asked about Jones' 80% comment, where the champion said he was at 80% in their initial fight.
"If he fought at 80 percent, I would have finished him," Gustafsson said.
While Gustafsson is confident ahead of his clash with Jones, light heavyweight contender, Daniel Cormier also said on The MMA Hour that the Swede stands "no chance" against Jones.
"No chance... "Let me rephrase that. I'm not saying he doesn't have a chance. I'm just saying that if I had to bet my money, or if I asked 10 people who wins this fight, nine out of those 10 people would say Jon Jones, because honestly, I believe that he's better because he has more tools."
Cormier would be in line for a shot at the title if he can beat Dan Henderson at next month's UFC 173. The fight will be only his second at light heavyweight, after having made the transition down from heavyweight but he feels ready for the fight.
So ready that he told host, Ariel Helwani that he would wait for his title shot and that he's not interested in any fights after beating Henderson - seeing Jones as the guy he'd be facing.
"When you look at Jon on paper against a lot of people, he seems to match up well against every single one of us. He seems to holds the advantages against every single one of us. It's the intangibles. It's the things that you can't measure on a piece of paper that it's going to take to beat Jon Jones -- the things that I believe I hold in spades."
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