Chael Sonnen Believes Jon Jones “Will Take the Fight” Against Alexander Gustafsson
By FCF Staff
UFC brass will reportedly sit down with Jon Jones today, in an effort to convince the light-heavyweight champ to sign off on a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson. According to veteran fighter and UFC commentator Chael Sonnen, they’ll be successful.
The UFC has been planning a rematch between Jones and Gustafsson, following their memorable bout in September, but the champion has said he’d rather face Daniel Cormier next. When asked to weigh-in on the situation during the latest episode of “UFC Tonight”, here is what Sonnen said (quote via FOX Sports 1):
“You can call him scared. You can call him conservative. But make sure to include champion and the baddest dude in the planet in there, as well. Gus is the number-one contender and is next in line. Jones should fight him. Jones will show respect to leadership and will take the fight.”
Jones worked his way to a tightly contested, decision win over Gustafsson at UFC 165, and has since gone on to defeat Glover Teixeira.
In March, Gustafsson scored a stoppage win over Jimi Manuwa to retain his #1 contender status.