Alexander Gustafsson Admits It ‘Sucks’ to Lose Third Title Fight But Promises to Work His Way Back

Alexander Gustafsson released a statement following his loss to Jon Jones while addressing his future after suffering his third loss in a title fight in the UFC

Alexander Gustafsson is down but not out.

The former light heavyweight title contender has been laying loss since suffering a third round knockout to Jon Jones at UFC 232 but he released a statement over the weekend addressing his future.

The loss to Jones was obviously a major setback after Gustafsson had waited five years to finally get that rematch after pushing the light heavyweight champion to the brink in their last meeting in 2013.

Unfortunately, the rematch didn’t go anything like the first fight and Gustafsson suffered a lopsided loss to Jones in the UFC 232 main event.

That now stands as Gustafsson’s third loss in a title fight in the UFC — two past losses to Jones and a split decision defeat to Daniel Cormier — but the Swedish contender promises he’s not done chasing gold just yet.

“[I’ve] been off the social media last week just needed to catch up with the family. I lost my third title fight which sucks so much!!!” Gustafsson wrote. “But the end of the day I’m in this business because I love it!! Gonna take one fight at the time and work my way back in the mix. Let’s see who’s next.”

Gustafsson will obviously be a tough matchup for whoever faces him next in the light heavyweight division as he likely stands as the gatekeeper to the title at least while Jones is still reigning as champion.

While he does have two losses to Jones in the past, the reigning 205-pound champion has said that he believes he’ll cross paths with Gustafsson again in the future.

For now, Gustafsson will just look to get back in the win column while hopefully staying healthy after injuries robbed him from competing much the past two years.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.