Facing Evans or Sonnen is a stretch since they’re not only booked to battle each other but the match-up is less than two months away. However, if one of the two goes down in the next few weeks, Gustafsson could come in and serve as a replacement assuming the damage he suffered at UFC 165 was superficial rather than structural. On top of both being apt adversaries, it would be interesting to see if Evans or Sonnen would fare better with takedowns than Jones did. If so, an upset might be in the making. If not, Gustafsson would step in on short notice and exit with a victory over a well-known, divisionally relevant opponent.
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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