This time last year, the MMA world was still buzzing about the epic fight between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, and in addition, when the latter would get a rematch. Well, as 2014 nears its end, it remains to be seen when “The Mauler” will challenge for the title again.
Of course, Gustafssson was booked to fight the champion Jon Jones at UFC 178, but a knee injury forced the Swedish light-heavyweight to withdraw. Daniel Cormier was tapped as a replacement, but “Bones” also got injured and now that fight will take place January 3rd. It was a move by the UFC which didn’t sit well with Gustafsson and plenty of his fans.
Well, recently Cormier appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and the decorated fighter was asked if he feels bad about passing over Gustafsson. Here is some of what “DC” had to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“It’s circumstance, man,” said Cormier. “A lot of things come down to circumstance. This job [with UFC Tonight], circumstance. The fight with Jon, it’s circumstance. You know, like me winning the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix, circumstances. Sometimes things come down to the person that’s willing to step up when an opportunity if presented. I did.”
“But no, I mean, I’m not going to feel bad for him now, and I’m not going to feel bad for him when he’s waiting at the end of 2015 to fight for the title, because I’m going to win and then Jones is going to get a rematch. So, it’s like, Alexander Gustafsson, he was the victim of circumstance. But no, I don’t feel bad for him at all.”
Initially, plenty of folks were upset to see that Jones-Gustafsson wasn’t going to go down, but since Cormier and the champ have formed quite the ‘beef’, there’s a ton of hype behind that fight too.
Gustafsson is currently waiting to find out when and who he’ll fight next, but it looks as though a scrap with Rashad Evans is in the works. The 27 year-old Gustafsson hasn’t competed since March, when he stopped Jimi Manuwa.
UFC 182 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 3rd.