Alexander Gustafsson has said that he has happy to face whoever the UFC puts in front of him - as long as he gets the next title shot.
The Swedish light heavyweight had been adamant that he wasn't going to fight again unless it was a title shot but according to a Facebook post from the Swede today, a conversation with UFC co-owner, Lorenzo Fertitta has set everything straight.
A title fight in Sweden?
According to Gustafsson, via his Facebook page, he will get a fight against the winner of Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier and the bout could possibly take place in Sweden - something that had been rumoured for his proposed UFC 178 clash with Jon Jones.
"Here is an update guys.
Me and my team had a great call with the big boss Mr. Lorenzo Fertitta. I got a guarantee that I will face the winner of Jones or Cormier for a title shot and that it could happen in here in Sweden." Said Gustafsson in the post.
He also asked for his fans to "show to the UFC that we can make some proper noise" when the organisation comes back to Sweden for UFC Fight Night in October.
"We need to show UFC that we really can fill up an arena for 60,000 people for the title fight and what kind of atmosphere they can expect when we break the record of the biggest audience ever for any sports event in Sweden."
"That is what I want, I want Jones or DC, the winner to come here and fight me, I deserve that!
With that said, meanwhile, if the UFC wants, I am ready to fight any other opponent they put in front of me." He finished.
UFC pulling the wool over his eyes?
While the UFC has expressed an interest in running a stadium event in Sweden before, most memorably following Jones' clash with Glover Teixeira, it would seem promising Gustafsson a title shot in Sweden, while asking him to risk his number one shot in the mean time is a bit too good to be true.
Considering the UFC has been trying to make a fight between #3 contender, Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson and #1 contender, Gustafsson, the reward is certainly worth that risk.
'Rumble' has been on tear ever since he returned to the UFC and has made easy work of Phil Davis and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, but he's looking to seriously break into the top contenders and a win over someone like Ryan Bader wouldn't do as much as a win over Gustafsson.
That match is the most likely to happen and if the UFC make it happen, then Gustafsson should be richly rewarded for the patience and amount of risk he's put forward in seeking the title shot.
He was initially supposed to face Jones at UFC 178 but injury forced him out, and Cormier replaced him. Then the infamous brawl happened and despite Jones-Cormier at UFC 178 being called off due to a Jones' injury - the UFC has stuck with Cormier as the next challenger.
Gustafsson was rightfully annoyed and while he likely could've gotten away with not fighting, it would've put him on the sidelines for over a year and by then, 'Rumble' would likely be one of the top contenders anyway.
So it seems as if he's chosen to take the fight and whether that decision comes back to bite him will be seen in the coming months but for now - it seems as if the Swede is happy.