When Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson fought at UFC 165 this past September, it was widely believed that “The Mauler” would be Jones’ toughest challenge to date. The MMA world was flipped upside down on that night in Toronto, as Jon Jones looked about as human as he has ever looked. As for Gus, he was applauded for taking Jones to the brink.
Jones would squeak by via unanimous decision, however, many fans and media members felt as though Gustafsson did enough to win. The fight took a major toll on both fighters, as both would end up in the hospital. Since that fight, only Gustafsson has returned to action, defeating Jimi Manuwa back on March 8th. Meanwhile, Jones defends his belt at UFC 172 on April 26th against Glover Teixeira.
Immediately after the decision was read back at UFC 165, everyone, including Gus, were expecting an immediate rematch. That, of course, did not happen. In a recent interview with Damon Martin of Fox Sports, Gus gave his own theory as to why it has not happened yet.
The thing is he knows — he knows I’m a really bad match-up for him. He knows that. I don’t think Jones is scared or he’s trying to run or anything like that. He just knows that I’m a really bad matchup and he knows that we will fight one day. He knows that, but he’s trying to avoid it as long as he can.
Many fans criticized Jones for not seeking out an immediate rematch with Alexander Gustafsson, in what would undoubtedly be one of the biggest rematches in UFC history. While Gus didn’t specifically mention that Jones handpicks opponents, he did feel as though Teixeira represents the type of fighter that Jones likes to fight.
He’s a very dangerous opponent. I think he’s a good fighter in every aspect — he’s a good striker, good wrestler and he puts everything together and he hits very hard. My prediction is I think Jones will win because I think Glover’s a typical opponent for Jones. Jones wants to fight him because it matches up very good style wise.
Lately, Jones has been very vocal, both on social media and in public, about his thoughts on the state of the light heavyweight division. He has managed to draw the ire of many fans; the same ones who thought that Gus took the first fight. For some reason, Jones feels like there should be a mini tournament to see who gets to fight him.
Why not give the winner of Alexander and DC the winner of myself and Glover??
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) March 9, 2014
For the record, Gustafsson has kept a very positive outlook on things. After all, he is already guaranteed a shot at the winner of Jones vs. Teixeira.
It feels great, I can’t wait. The future looks very good and I’m very excited.
As bad as this may seem, I am positive that everyone, outside of the people of Brazil, will be rooting for Jones to best Teixeira. Fans merely look at Glover as the last obstacle before a huge, big money showdown between Jones and Gustafsson. Let’s hope that Teixeira Jones gives us what we want, Jones vs. Gustafsson II.