White: Winner of Rua vs. Gustaffson ‘definitely’ earns title fight

Friday, December 07, 2012

Once again, in the lead-up to a major mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX, White raised the stakes for certain fighters on the card at Thursday’s UFC on FOX 5: “Henderson vs. Diaz” pre-fight press conference, promising a light heavyweight title shot to the winner of the night’s co-main event between Mauricio Rua and Alexander Gustafsson.

“Look at the fights that Shogun has had — his past two or three fights,” White said. “This is definitely, there is no doubt about, he [Mauricio Rua] is the gatekeeper to that title. If Alexander can beat Shogun, he’d get the shot. If Shogun wins, he gets it. Unless some crazy shit that happens, which always does — he has to take another fight before that because he wants to stay active or something — but other than that, the winner of this fight will get the next shot.”

The situation certainly feels all too familiar.

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