Them’s fightin’ words: Jones wants to see Gustafsson v. Cormier

As the FD surmised when the fight was first announced, it appears other parties believe the Alexander Gustafsson v. Antonio Noguiera light heavyweight match looked funny.

Except these other parties have far more weight to their words. The title holder himself, Jon Jones, said as much when he spoke with Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com:

“Seems like these guys are not really having the toughest time to get to the belt. (Glover) Teixeira goes from Bader to a championship fight. Gustafsson went from Shogun (Rua) to a championship fight.”

The truth of the matter is, Jones can’t exactly criticize. It was also he who fought Bader before an injury fill-in put him against Rua for a title shot. Not only did he take the same road as Teixera, he claimed the belt from the same guy who Gustafsson upended to book his match. It isn’t exactly like Jones went through hell-and-high-water to get a crack at the belt by comparison.

Even so, he makes a great point. However you look at it, the UFC conveniently placed Gustafsson in a less complicated follow-up to his title fight with Jones. Lil Nog has never proven a top fighter in the division and has injury history; a poor option to legitimize a title rematch for Gustafsson.

Jones goes on to say he believes that he, Cormier (though having never fought at that weight class), Gustafsson, and Teixera are the top four fighters in the division. He contends if any combination of those four fighters is not competing with one another, it determines nothing. He wants to see Gustafsson and Cormier next.

“No disrespect to Nogueira, but let’s see Gustafsson versus Cormier. It makes so much sense.”

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