Report: Alexander Gustafsson Doesn’t See Reward in Fighting Anthony Johnson
By FCF Staff
Although Dana White believes a fight between Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson makes sense, and the latter has called for the bout, the light-heavyweight doesn’t appear to be interested.
In a recent interview with the Swedish publication Expressen, Gustafsson reportedly argued that he has fought worse and better opponents than Johnson, and that a fight with “Rumble” doesn’t take him anywhere.
Gustafsson recently relayed that he’s been promised the winner of the January 3rd, title fight between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier. Further, the promotion has apparently said the title fight could take place in his native Sweden. Gustafsson also said that he’d be willing to fight in the interim if the UFC wished.
In the aforementioned interview, Gustafsson also argued that Johnson needs a couple of more victories, as he’s only defeated Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Phil Davis since returning to the UFC. “The Mauler” also noted that “we’re not on the playground anymore” and that he has his career to consider
Johnson, who is currently ranked #5 in the promotion’s light-heavyweight division, posted the following on Facebook in response:
What did I just read? Gus must’ve bumped his head. I respect his opinion but one thing is this. I left the playground a long time ago, I’m on the BATTLEFIELD now!
The only other top five ranked light-heavyweight not currently booked for a fight is Rashad Evans.