A light heavyweight matchup between former top contenders Daniel Cormier (pictured) and Alexander Gustafsson might make sense considering they are both coming off losses with title implications – Cormier in a unanimous decision defeat champion Jon Jones and Gustafasson in a TKO loss to Anthony Johnson for next crack at Jones – but UFC president Dana White has different plans for the 205 pounders.
However, if Cormier and Gustafsson leave victorious in their next outings, then a tango between them can be arranged.
“Cormier’s got another fight set up right now and we actually have another fight for Gustafsson, too,” White said at Saturday’s UFC 183 post-fight press conference. “After those two fight these fights, it makes sense.”
After losing to Jones last month in one of the most anticipated fights in UFC history, Cormier said a victory over Gustafasson might be his fastest ticket back to his bitter rival Jones. That might be the case, but unfortunately for the wreslter-turned-slugger, he’ll have to take the scenic route to get to Gustafsson.
Gustafasson was a significant favorite to beat Johnson last month and get the rematch with Jones that he’s been clamoring for. Johnson, however, had different plans and went all beast mode on “The Mauler.”
Gustafsson is currently ranked second in the UFC light heavyweight division. Cormier comes in just one notch behind the Swede.