The week didn’t quite go how UFC light heavyweight top contender Alexander Gustafsson (pictured) had envisioned, but it could have been much worse.
Gustafsson tore the meniscus in his right knee earlier this week during a sparring session, which cost him a rematch against reigning 205-pound king Jon Jones.
“I’m disappointed I can’t fight, but this is not the end, it’s just the beginning,” Gustafsson told UFC.com. “I’m going to come back much stronger.
“I was sparring and I felt my knee pop twice, but it didn’t hurt, it just felt strange. I finished training and came home and then I woke up the next morning and I could barely walk on my right leg. Then I felt the knee right away.”
Gustafsson will have surgery to repair the wound shortly. The good news is that he is expected to be out only five to six weeks after the operation. However, that timetable may change depending on how his leg reacts to rehab.
Gustafsson will now sit the sidelines and watch Daniel Cormier take the fight that was supposed to be his. The Swede believes – and hopes – Jones wins, because “I really want to fight him.”
“It’s an interesting matchup,” Gustafsson said. “Both are great athletes and it’s going to be a tough fight for sure. But Jones has his height and reach advantage over DC, so I think that will be the key thing in this fight. I think Jones by decision.”
Jones defends his throne against Cormier on September 27 at UFC 178.