Though the timetable on UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones’ return to the Octagon is uncertain, the 25-year old already has an opponent in mind for his next title-defense. Specifically, Jones is looking for action against Alexander Gustafsson, expressing interest in the streaking Swede over other options like former title-holder Lyoto Machida when asked about his future plans at recent press conference.
“I’ve fought Lyoto Machida before, and I fight for the love of the sport. I fight for the people that support me, but I also fight to prove critics wrong,” explained Jones to media members after his successful showing against Chael Sonnen in the UFC 159 main event. “A lot of people believe that I have been successful because I appear to be larger than my opponents. And with Alexander Gustafsson that would be no more.”
“Fighting Alexander Gustafsson, a guy who is six-feet-six or six-five, pretty long arms himself, long legs…I think that would be a great thing and that’s who I’d love to fight next,” Jones concluded.
Gustafsson is 15-1 with past wins over James Te Huna, Thiago Silva, and Mauricio Rua. He is also currently available after suffering an untimely cut a week out from a match-up with Gegard Mousasi earlier this month.
Though Jones’ big toe was broken in his bout with Sonnen he made sure to assure fans he wouldn’t be out long, labeling the gruesome injury as little more than being a “twisted toe”. His victory on Saturday night put his record at 18-1 including the aforementioned meeting with Machida who he choked out cold in the second round of their 2011 tilt.
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