Currently the light heavyweight division in the UFC is ruled by Daniel Cormier.
Cormier comes off of a dominant performance over knockout artist Volkon Oezdemir, who he vinished in the second round of their contest after locking him into a crucifix hold and delivering some crushing ground-and-pound.
Now Cormier, after essentially clearing out the division of worthy contenders at the moment, will step up to heavyweight in attempt to become the second-ever dual-weight champion in UFC history.
The first was none other than "The Notorious One" Conor McGregor who once held the UFC featherweight and lightweight title simultaneously, before being stripped of the 145-pound title.
Coming off of a tremendous fifth round knockout win over Glover Teixeira this past May, Alexander Gustafsson, who has challenged for the light heavyweight title twice before, is looking for another crack at the gold.
With Cormier currently occupied at heavyweight against Stipe Miocic, Gustafsson believes that the next time he steps into the cage - regardless of who it's against - it should be for an interim light heavyweight title (quotes via Bloody Elbow):
”Me fighting D.C. [Cormier] for the real title, that opportunity went out the window,” said Gustafsson.
“I feel I earned my spot off my last performance -- but here we are. With D.C. moving up, the next step for me should be for an interim title. “I brought it up to the UFC.
“Let’s see what happens. All I know is that in my situation, whoever they put in front of me next, it must be for the interim title.
”I feel like I’ve been taking fights and climbing ladders, climbing rankings, my entire career,” Gustafsson said.
“I’m 31 years old. I still feel I’ll compete for many years, but right now, every fight has to have a thought behind it. It has to take me the right way.”
“Every fight, you take damage,” he continued. “You take damage in your training camp. I just came back from an injury recently.
"I’ve got that fire in me, and I want to take a fight that will actually take me towards my goal.
”D.C. is moving up to heavyweight and that’s good for him and it’s good for the organization, but for me, the No. 1 contender, it’s not fair.
"It’s not fair at all. And no one knows what D.C. will do after this fight. He may put his gloves down and walk away.”
What are your thoughts on Gustafsson saying he deserves his next fight to be for an interim light heavyweight title? Do you think that the UFC will budge and give the Swede what he's asking for? And who do you want to see Gustafsson step into the cage against in his next go around inside the Octagon? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!
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