Hot off the heels of his impressive win over Jimi Manuwa at London’s Ultimate Fight Night 37 event, Alexander Gustafsson has been granted a title shot at the winner of next month’s UFC 172 card and light-heavyweight title fight, between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira.
The promotion’s president made the notice official at last night’s UFN 37 post-fight press conference and with the announcement, Dana White merely confirmed what all knew to be a foregone conclusion.
Ranked number one going into the London bout and having turned in a dominant performance over Jimi Manuwa, “The Mauler” stands as the hands-down and obvious choice to give the next title shot to.
However, there’s another fighter in the division that many fans would like to see given a title shot, particularly if it’s against defending champion Jon Jones, and that would be Daniel Cormier.
Cormier is 3 – 0 in the promotion and has dealt handily with the triumvirate of opponents that he’s faced. Moreover, Cormier has been quite vocal about wanting a fight with Jon Jones and even more so about wanting a title shot.
To that, Dana White has granted Cormier his wish. Via his Twitter account this morning, the promotion’s president tweeted that Cormier will get the winner of Jones vs Teixeira / vs Gustafsson.
@FantasyMoneyMan u will see him against the winner of Jones/Glover vs Gus— Dana White (@danawhite) March 9, 2014
However, Daniel Cormier doesn’t appear to be interested in waiting on the outcome of those two bouts and Tweeted that he'd rather take a fight in the interim. As to what fight he’d be interested in taking, Cormier appears to have his sights set on the winner of the Phil Davis vs. Anthony Johnson match, which is set for April 24th’s UFC 172 card in Baltimore.
Is he wise to do it?
Most fans would probably say yes. For Cormier to sit around and wait, for what could be eight or more months, doesn’t seem to fit Cormier’s personality. Further, another fight would keep him fresh and just as importantly, earning. Beyond that, Cormier has harped on Jones for being too selective or cautious, when it comes to taking fights. As such, for him to not take the winner of Davis vs. Johnson and just sit around waiting on his title shot, would go against the rhetoric which he has been espousing.
So, there fans have it. As it stands now and by the look of it, the winner of Jones vs. Teixeira will meet Alexander Gustafsson, with Daniel Cormier taking on the winner of Davis vs. Johnson, with the winner of that match getting a title shot at the winner of Gustafsson vs. “X”.
If it all goes according to plan, fans shouldn’t be surprised to see Cormier’s title challenger match on the same card as Gustafsson’s title match, and acting as its co-main event.