Alexander Gustafsson might be the number one ranked contender in the light heavyweight division, but he's currently waiting for his shot at the title since the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion in Daniel Cormier is occupied elsewhere.
Right now, Cormier is currently preparing for his superfight against the current UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 in July later this year. He won't be defending his own title on the night, and his last title defense came against Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220 in January.
Gustafsson has been waiting for some time for UFC Light Heavyweight title fight, as he was supposed to face the winner of the UFC 214 clash between Cormier and Jon Jones. Due to Bones failed drug test though, his title shot was delayed.
The Swedish fighter then got injured, so Cormier defended the title against Oezdemir instead, but now he's healthy The Viking is still waiting since DC has moved on to Miocic for the time being. However, if Cormier wins and decides to stay a heavyweight, he won't have an opponent.
With this in mind, and while speaking on The Joe Rogan Experience MMA Show on Monday, via MMA Fighting, the light heavyweight said that fighting against Jones would be huge for him because he believes Bones is the best pound-for-pound fighter out there. He also believes beating him would be ‘bigger than taking the belt'.
Gustafsson said: “I’m telling you, that guy is such a beast. It’s so stupid because he’s the best guy, pound-for-pound out there. He’s done things nobody else has done. He’s just a beast and still, s**t just comes up all the time. He doesn’t even need that steroid. He doesn’t need that s**t in him. He’s still the best guy out there.
“Fighting him and beating him, that’s bigger than taking the belt right now, that’s how I feel. Look at what he did to DC. And DC is tough. He finished DC. That’s just insane.”
Jones is facing up to a four-year suspension for his failure in relation to UFC 214, but Gustafsson is obviously hoping that that doesn’t happen.
If Bones isn't suspended or when he comes back from his reduced suspension, he might be more inclined to fight whoever is the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion at the time, so that might be The Viking's best chance of getting a fight with him.
Gustafsson may still have to go throw Cormier in order to get to Jones in the future.
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