If Ryan Bader was pissed at the UFC 187 post-fight press conference, then steam must be coming out of “Darth’s” ears right now. On this week’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” UFC president Dana White said former top contender Alexander Gustafsson (pictured) will get first crack at freshly-minted light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.
White didn’t confirm exactly when the two would tango.
This is a somewhat surprising move since Gustafsson is coming off January’s vicious first round TKO loss to Anthony Johnson. Johnson went on to lose to Cormier for the vacant light heavyweight title last month at UFC 187.
At the same time, Gustafsson is victorious in seven of his past nine outings and is currently ranked second in the division.
Of course, the whole 205-pound division was flipped upside down when Jon Jones, the most decorated light heavyweight champion in UFC history, was stripped of his crown after April’s felony hit-and-run arrest.
Cormier is victorious in all but one of his 17 professional fights. Who did the former Olympian lose to? Jones, in emphatic fashion, just one fight before beating Johnson.
Bader, meanwhile, has rattled off four straight wins. Most thought he talked his way into next dibs when he confronted Cormier at the UFC 187 post-fight press conference.
Cormier and Bader practically gifted White the video promo to pump their shootout, but White decided to go in a different direction.
Cormier and Bader were initially slated to collide this Saturday in New Orleans, but Cormier was promoted to fighting Johnson for the vacant crown at UFC 187.