Alexander Gustafsson Says UFC Has Promised Him Title Shot, But Willing to Fight in the Interim
By FCF Staff
Alexander Gustafsson has made it clear he wants the title shot he was initially booked for at UFC 178, but now that it’s been promised, the light-heavyweight says he’ll fight in the interim.
After Gustafsson was forced to bow out of a September 27th bout with Jon Jones due to a knee injury, the champion was rebooked to fight Daniel Cormier. Jones has also been sidelined with a knee injury, however, and will now fight Cormier on January 3rd. It was a move by the UFC that Gustafsson originally said he didn’t agree with.
In a recent Facebook post, the Swedish star has relayed that he’s talked to the UFC, and that further:
Here is an update guys.
Me and my team had a great call with the big boss Mr. Lorenzo Fertitta. I got a guarantee that I will face the winner of Jones or Cormier for a title shot and that it could happen in here in Sweden.
So I would like to ask my fans here in Sweden to come and show your support in Globen 4th of October for my team-mates, Ilir Latifi, Niklas Bäckström, Magnus “Jycken” Cedenblad, Tor Troéng and the remaining fighters and show to the UFC that we can make some proper noise. We need to show UFC that we really can fill up an arena for 60,000 people for the title fight and what kind of atmosphere they can expect when we break the record of the biggest audience ever for any sports event in Sweden.
That is what I want, I want Jones or DC, the winner to come here and fight me, I deserve that!
With that said, meanwhile, if the UFC wants, I am ready to fight any other opponent they put in front of me.
Since UFC President Dana White announced that they’re hoping to book Gustafsson another fight in the interim, Anthony Johnson has called for a bout with the contender.