Though nothing official has been announced, it’s starting to look more and more like UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones will see action against Alexander Gustafsson in his next title-defense. Jones has expressed interest in Gustafsson before but amped it up this week while doing PR work in Russia to the point the streaking Swede fired back.
In an interview with regional outlet Mix-Boy.com, Jones mentioned Gustafsson as his desired foe and added a throat-slash gesture.
Whether prompted Jones’ behavior or other motivating factors, Gustafsson took to Twitter where he wrote, “Next stop Moscow!!!!! It’s on. Can’t wait to get in that cage with YOU!!!”
Jones wasted little time responding, posting, “Fighting me is not good for your image FYI.”
Not to be outdone, Gustafsson fired back, “If you think of what is good for your image, maybe you should continue to fight 185ers??”
Jones’ last two tilts have come against Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen, both of whom competed as middleweights regularly before their respective rumbles. Regardless, “Bones” has done exceptionally well against all adversaries, putting together an 18-1 record including success against former divisional kings like Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida, Quinton Jackson, and Mauricio Rua. Unfortunately, he is currently shelved while dealing with a dislocated toe he sustained in his win over Sonnen.
The 15-1 Gustafsson has come out with his hand raised in six straight fights. He was last seen outpointing Rua in December and was scheduled for a match-up with Gegard Mousasi in April before things ultimately fell apart at the last second due to a cut.
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