UFC president Dana White kicked off Saturday’s UFC 165 post-fight press conference by asking, “Who doesn’t want to see that rematch?”
Well, top contender Glover Teixeira certainly doesn’t want to witness an instant sequel between reigning UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones (pictured) and Alex Gustafsson.
Unfortunately for Teixeira, despite the fact he was promised next dibs at the 205-pound crown after beating Ryan Bader earlier this month, an immediate rematch between Jones and Gustafsson is in play following their instant classic.
However, Jones and Gustafsson were both sent to the hospital immediately after their 25-minute affair and each could be out for extended periods of time with injuries.
“We’ve got to wait a few weeks and see how this plays out to see what we want to do,” White stated at the presser. “We’ve got to see how these guys both feel. What’s wrong, if anything’s wrong with them, and go from there. When you see two guys get busted up like they did tonight, they don’t even want to talk about fighting for a few weeks. It’s the last thing you want to talk about.
“You’ve got to let them heal up, go home, spend some time with their family, start to get that itch again, then they’ll be ready to talk.”
While White and nearly every MMA fan across God’s green earth is dying to see Part II, particularly since Jones’ (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) unanimous decision victory over Gustafsson was far from unanimous in the minds of many pundits, an instant rematch is far from a done deal.
“I’m not saying that’s gonna happen. I’m not saying that’s the case,” White emphasized. “Yes, people probably want to see it, it would make sense, maybe it could happen, but I’m not even close [to promising a rematch right now]. I’m not in any way remotely saying that’s next.”
Despite the controversy surrounding his win, Jones still became the most decorated light heavyweight champion in UFC history by notching his six consecutive title defense.
Gustafsson, meanwhile, became the only man to score a takedown on Jones inside the Octagon, in addition to pushing the game’s top pound-for-pound fighter to the absolute limits.