Teixeira is currently the division’s top contender. However, with the champion potentially sidelined for a few months while healing up from an injured foot sustained in his scrap with Gustafsson it is possible Teixeira will need an opponent to hold him over until Jones is ready to return. Gustafsson would make for an excellent option in that he’s clearly the next biggest test at 205 pounds and it would also give “The Mauler” a chance to earn a rematch with Jones if able to get by the talented Brazilian.
UFC light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson accomplished a rare feat on Saturday night by boosting his stock despite suffering a loss. As is still etched in the minds of many, Gustafsson went toe-to-toe with champion Jon Jones at UFC 165 and nearly pulled off the upset before ultimately falling by way of decision. The closely-contested clash opened the eyes of a lot of fans regarding Gustafsson’s ability and made it clear he has the potential to be a force at 205 pounds for the next decade. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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