Alexander Gustafsson Ready To Move Up To Heavyweight To Face Jon Jones
Alexander Gustafsson is primed and ready for a return to the UFC Octagon and with Jon Jones elligible to fight as early as October 28, a rematch of their epic encounter from 2013 could be on the cards.
The Swede has made it very clear over the past few weeks that he wants to fight for a UFC title, but with the UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier chasing a lucrative showdown with Brock Lesnar, Gustafsson could be made sit on the sidelines for a while longer before his wish is granted.
With Jones the only other man Gustafsson appears to want to fight, the UFC could now be looking to put together a mouth-watering rematch between the two later this year. With Jones apparently unable to make 205-pounds for a showdown at UFC 230 on Nov. 3, Gustafsson last evening made it perfectly clear that he’d be willing to make the move up in weight to fight Jones in a heavyweight contest.
“He’s a big light heavyweight, I’m a big light heavyweight, that makes sense,” Gustafsson told ESPN. “I think it’s a great fight and it’s too good not to be about the belt.
“He never lost, they took his belt away. And ‘DC’ doesn’t want to fight, he’s a heavyweight now, aiming at Brock.”
Despite Gustafsson being previously outspoken about Jones’ history of testing positive twice under the USADA program, it would appear now that the Swede doesn’t care. When asked if he would be worried about Jones failing another drug test, Gustafsson responded defiantly.
“I don’t really care, he can cheat if he wants, I will still put a beating on him,” Gustafsson said.
“It’s all good for me, whatever he wants to do. I know what I have.”
Watch the full interview: