Alexander Gustafsson Willing to Wait For Title Shot
After getting rejected in his bid to “take back” his title shot against Jon Jones, Alexander Gustafsson is now willing to wait for a title shot, even if it takes three years.
Worth the wait
In a report from Sweden’s Sport-Expressen, the Swedish Mauler revealed that he was “assured” by Zuffa owner Lorenzo Ferttitta that he will get his title shot “possibly at home” if he waits.
Gustafsson was scheduled to face UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 178 for a highly anticipated rematch when he suffered a training injury last July. Last month, it was Jon Jones’ turn to get hit by the injury bug, causing his September 27th title defense against replacement Daniel Cormier to be moved to January of 2015. Following the postponement, Gustafsson demanded to be reinstated to the title bout, citing that he would be ready to fight by then. But the UFC affirmed Cormier’s spot in the title match and told Gustafsson that he would have to wait.
But with this reported assurance, Gustafsson is now saying that he is willing to wait, even for “three years”, if he is assured of a title shot in Sweden. Gustafsson added that fighting “the pound for pound best” in Sweden is a dream that “nothing can absolutely beat.”
Taking an in-between fight
But waiting for Jones would mean fighting somebody else in between to keep himself busy and in good shape. The UFC has been encouraging Gus to take another fight to keep himself busy. UFC President Dana White has even broached the idea of him fighting rising light heavyweight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson who is coming off two impressive victories in his UFC return.
Johnson called out the Swede via social media last week, saying that “there’s nobody left to fight and that the fans are begging to see the fight.” And while Dana White also said that a potential Gustafsson-Johnson fight “makes sense”, Gustafsson is not impressed with Rumble as his next opponent.
“He needs at least a couple wins more. We are not in the playground anymore.” Said Gustafsson who called Johnson’s last opponent Antonio Rogerio Noguiera “passed his expiration date a long time ago.”
Johnson has been on a tear since moving up to light heavyweight in his UFC return. Rumble punished Phil Davis for three rounds at UFC 172 then knocked out Little Nog in 44 seconds last July 26 at UFC on Fox 12.
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