Gustafsson: Jon Jones is trying to avoid me

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

UFC light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson gave Jon Jones the fight of his life at UFC 165 in September. Gustafsson handily dispatched the previously unabated Jimi Manuwa at UFC Fight Night 37 on March 8, earning a title shot at the winner of Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 on April 26.

However, Jones recently took to Twitter with some matchmaking suggestions – he thinks Gustafsson needs one more fight first, vs. Daniel Cormier.

“Why not give the winner of Alexander and DC the winner of myself and Glover??” asked Jones on Twitter. “Call me what you want but I can't be the only person who thinks that makes perfect sense. I see DC congratulating Alexander and making comments about waiting his turn now. I wonder if they're afraid to fight each other? People who don't like to think are quick to call me afraid. Think about it, I'm asking for the meanest of the two would you face winner of Phil vs Anthony?”

Gustafsson was interviewed recently by BT Sport, and said he thinks Jones is trying to avoid a rematch.

“If I look at Jon' perspective I don't think that's strange, because he tries to avoid me,” said Gustafsson. “Everyone can see that; I can see that. He does what it takes to not fight me. For myself, it doesn't make any sense. I think DC is a great fighter. I respect him, and I think he's a top contender. But I think he has to have another fight or two before he will fight for the title. The only thing that makes sense, in my mind, it's me versus Jones next.”