There are a handful of ways the UFC could have gone with Gustafsson after the 26-year old Swede nearly dethroned light heavyweight champion Jon Jones but few folks expected to see the organization book a March meeting with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. In short, it’s a winnable fight for Gustafsson against an opponent who has fought a total of two times in the last two years. Nogueira is seasoned, but he’s a medical mess and can only lay claim to one big win (over Rashad Evans) in the last five years. In reality, Daniel Cormier would have been a more logical option considering his own status as a top contender. However, it seems the UFC might want to have Gustafsson available to face Jones or Glover Teixeira if one of them bows out of their February fight, so sidelining him until March makes sense from that perspective.
Welcome back to the 10-Point Must! Every week I’ll give my thoughts on ten topics from the past seven days with hopes the readership will contribute their takes as well in the Comments section. This time around, subjects range from a few fighters looking to change divisions to fallout from recent events to a couple of clashes booked for the coming weeks/months. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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