Ask, and you shall receive. UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones (pictured) stated Wednesday night that – although Alexander Gustafsson took him into deep waters for the first time in his young yet illustrious career, leaving many believing Gustafasson actually won their scrap – he wanted to “move on” and face fresh meat in top contender Glover Teixeira.
After mulling it over for four days, UFC president Dana White has opted against arranging an immediate rematch between Jones and Gustafasson and will grant Jones his wish.
“That’s what the champ wants,” White told ESPN.com. “We’ll probably have that fight on the Super Bowl card in New Jersey.”
At just 26 years of age, Jones became the most decorated UFC light heavyweight champion on Saturday by posting his sixth straight title defense. While many pundits believe he finally met his 205-pound match in Gustafasson, “Bones” claims this is only just the beginning of his extended reign.
“I said before the fight my sights were set on breaking the record,” Jones expressed in a statement released to ESPN. “I want to crush the record. I want to beat the record so bad it can never be broken. I’m going to fight Glover and I will answer all the critics about the Gustafsson fight.
“I will fight Gustafsson after I fight Glover. I won the fight but I look at it as a blemish on my record because some people think I didn’t. I promise you, he will be next.”
Teixeira earned his next dibs status with a TKO victory over Ryan Bader earlier this month. The slugger has rattled off 20 consecutive wins, with his last five coming inside the Octagon. He’s recorded finishes in four of his UFC outings, three of which came in the opening round.
As for Gustafsson, White said “The Mauler” will be assigned an opponent “around the same time” as February 1’s Super Bowl Saturday event in his homeland of Sweden. “Around the same time” essentially means, be ready to serve as substitute in case Jones or Teixeira get stung by the pesky injury bug.