Dana White: Alexander Gustafsson Could Fight Anthony Johnson Next

Written by Tom Ngo
August 15th, 2014

UFC Alexander Gustafsson

In this cruel world, one rarely gets everything they ask for. If UFC light heavyweight top contender Alexander Gustafsson (pictured) didn’t know that before, then he is about the find out.

Gustafsson was slated to rematch champion Jon Jones at UFC 178, but was forced to withdraw after tearing the meniscus in his right knee. Daniel Cormier gladly stepped in, then Jones rips the meniscus in his knee and his grudge match with Cormier is postponed until January 3.

While Gustafsson’s camp said he wants to ride the pine to meet the winner of UFC 182‘s shootout between Jones and Cormier, since he’s not allowed to take Cormier’s spot outright, UFC president Dana White says that likely ain’t happening.

“Gustafsson is upset, but it’s not like we took Gustafsson out of the fight. Gustafsson got hurt and he’s out,” White told UFC.com. “Cormier stepped in and accepted the fight and this is the fight that is going to happen now.

“The reality is we had Gustafsson versus Jones, he was the number one contender, that was the fight. He got hurt,” White said. “He fell out of the fight. Well, people can say, ‘Now Jones is hurt.’ Well yeah, but this is the fight that’s happening now.”

Gustafsson hasn’t been seen since annihilating Jimi Manuwa in March. If the UFC allowed “The Mauler” to sit the sidelines, it would mean he wouldn’t return until at least April 2015 – assuming, of course, the Jones and Cormier victor escapes their grudge match unscathed.


“Gustafsson will probably fight again. We’ll probably do another fight for him,” White said in closing. “He’ll probably fight again to stay active, stay top of mind and the guy has to make money.”

And who is the best option for Gustafsson to make ends meet against?

White said a tango with red hot Anthony Johnson “would make the most sense.”

Talk about earning your keep.

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