Reigning UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones is clearly ducking Alexander Gustafsson (pictured) – that is, if you were to ask Gustafsson.
Gustafsson took Jones into deep water for the first time in his illustrious career this past September. Unfortunately for “The Mauler,” Jones still managed to hang on to his title with a controversial unanimous decision victory at UFC 165.
It was believed an immediate rematch would be arranged, but Jones and UFC president Dana white opted against it after watching the instant classic on replay. Instead, Jones said he’d rather face Glover Teixeira next, then grant Gustafsson his rematch after.
Perceived duck #1.
Gustafsson was subsequently forced to take another scrap in the interim, which he won this month in resounding fashion by quickly disposing of Jimi Manuwa.
Jones instantly took to Twitter after Gustafsson’s victory to play matchmaker. “Why not give the winner of Alexander and [Daniel Cormier] the winner of myself and Glover??” Jones asked on the social media network.
Perceived duck #2.
Gustafsson says he understands why Jones is trying to arrange a different tango for him, because he’s scared, homie.
“If I look at Jon’s perspective, I don’t think that’s strange because he tries to avoid me,” Gustafsson told BT Sports. “Everyone can see that. I can see that. He does what it takes to not fight me.
“For myself, it doesn’t make any sense. I think DC is a great fighter. I respect him and I think he’s a top contender, but I think he has to have another fight or two before he will fight for the title. The only thing that makes sense, in my mind, it’s me versus Jones next.”
Jones defends his throne April 26 against Teixeira at UFC 172. Gustafsson will be sitting on his couch taking mental notes.