Alexander Gustafsson has said that his knee injury will only sideline him for five to six weeks, meaning he won't lose his title shot just yet.
'The Mauler' had to pull out of his rematch with Jon Jones and he was looking forward to avenging the loss he suffered to Jones last year, in what was 2013's Fight of the Year.
He's been replaced by Daniel Cormier, who was due to have the next title shot and has postponed surgery on his own knee in order to take the fight.
The injury itself
Gustafsson revealed to UFC.com that his injury appeared overnight, after feeling his knee pop a couple times in training that day.
"I was sparring and I felt my knee pop twice, but it didn't hurt, it just felt strange. I finished training and came home and then I woke up the next morning and I could barely walk on my right leg. Then I felt the knee right away."
It would later be revealed that Gustafsson had suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee and was out of UFC 178 - making him the second casualty of the event.
Khabib Nurmagomedov injured his knee in training just 20 minutes after he signed off on a fight with 'Cowboy' Donald Cerrone at September's event.
Jones of Cormier?
With the injury, Gustafsson is a spectator just like the rest of us and when asked for who he favours, he revealed that he thinks Jones has the edge on Cormier.
"It's an interesting matchup," Gustafsson said in the same UFC.com piece.
"Both are great athletes and it's going to be a tough fight for sure. But Jones has his height and reach advantage over DC, so I think that will be the key thing in this fight. I think Jones by decision."
A lot of the pre-fight chatter seems to be based around whether or not Cormier get inside and get a takedown on Jones.
He's done it on bigger and heavier opponents but Jones is known for executing pinpoint strategies to beat his opponents and with his reach advantage, he may just spar Cormier out of the fight for five rounds.
Gustafsson's opinion may have to be taken with a pinch of salt. The Swede wants to fight for the title and he wants it from Jones.
If Cormier does win, then an instant rematch would be on the cards, especially with how Renan Barao got one after losing his UFC Bantamweight title to TJ Dillashaw, the standard has been set.
That rematch would see Gustafsson on the sidelines for even longer as he waits for his shot to come in or he'd have to put it on the line against someone like Rashad Evans or Anthony 'Rumble Johnson.
Neither are attractive options.
So come September 27th, don't be surprised to see Gustafsson supporting Jones for one night only.
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