Gustafson wants Machida, or fill-in fight next
Alexandar Gustafson was scheduled to fight Gegard Mousasi in this past Saturday’s UFC on Fuel TV 9 main event, but instead was forced out of the bout after suffering a cut. Today his trainer revealed what his fight wanted next
Gustafsson trainer Eric Delfierro today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the Swedish light-heavyweight recently made two requests to UFC matchmakers: be an injury replacement for the division’s next title fight, or face ex-champ Lyoto Machida.
Of course, since Lyoto Machida is the No. 1 contender, he might wind up doing that anyway if the winner of an upcoming title bout between champ Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen is hurt or takes an extended break. Jones and Sonnen headline UFC 159 later this month.
Machida, who outpointed Dan Henderson to secure a title shot, recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that he’d rather stay active than wait for the opportunity.