Alexander Gustafsson: I’ll be ready when the UFC calls for a rematch with Jon Jones


Alexander Gustafsson nearly dethroned the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in MMA last night, taking UFC Light Heavyweight Jon ‘Bones’ Jones the distance in a classic fight that many are already deeming one of the best fights ever.

Gustafsson was the first fighter to truly damage Jones throughout an extended period of time, and he even became the first man to take ‘Bones’ down. Both fighters were completely gassed and heavily injured at the bout’s conclusion and were rushed to the hospital immediately following the intense title fight.

Although both Jones and Gustafsson were unable to attend the post-fight press conference, Gustafsson did speak up about his performance, noting that he needed to push the pace even more than he did. He could be right, as Gustafsson seemed to trail ever so slightly in the championship rounds, allowing Jones to do a ton of damage with strikes. Still, ‘The Mauler’ is looking for an immediate rematch:

“I’m disappointed, but I’m very proud about what I did tonight…I learned a lot. Absolutely, I’m down whenever. I want a rematch right away if I can, but it’s up to UFC. I’m just blessed to be in UFC and it was an honor to fight Jon Jones. I’ll be ready whenever they call me.”

Gustafsson is calm and collected in defeat. He’s most like to become a household name among casual MMA fans after last night’s performance, but it’s unknown if and when Gustafsson and Jones will be able to fight again.

White hinted at the Super Bowl Weekend card for a possible date, but depending on the medical diagnosis for each fighter, that could be slightly too optimistic. We’ll have to wait and see.

With two champions dethroned this summer, Jones survived a dangerous scare to emerge victorious is an all-out battle. Perhaps this is just what the champion needs, a quiet, respectful foil to his supposedly cocky and arrogant persona. Jones looked incredibly human last night, and Gustafsson’s skills seem to be evolving at an incredible rate. Will ‘The Mauler’ come back better than ever to wrest the belt from the iron grip of ‘Bones?’

Outer Photo: Tom Szczerbowski for USA TODAY Sports

  • I'll pay to see that one!

  • and this time viking, konock him the fuc* out!!!!!!!!!!

  • I have a feeling Jones will attempt a more wrestling oriented game plan considering how he wasn't able to push Gus around on the feet. I hope Gus comes prepared.

    • D

      That's an interesting theory since Jones was 1 of 11 on takedown attempts, and was not able to keep Gus down at all, even in the 5th round when he was completely exhausted.


      Seriously!?! What do you see? Gus owned Jones in the grapple. Gus is NOT the one who needs to get his grappling ready.

      Take downs and stuff is actually why I think Gus won!

  • Enough of this instant rematch BS. Bring on Glover!

    • D

      Gus has the ability to give Jones a competitive fight, and is a serious threat to take his title.

      Glover is neither of those things. Jones will make him look terrible. Not just bad, terrible.

  • wonder if Dana went backstage and offered Gus a $10,000 locker room bonus???

    This whole fight is why fighters deserve more pay !!

    • I would think Dana gave Gus more the 10 g's extra for that fight.

  • If the casual MMA fan didn't know who Gustafsson was before this fight then he should probably stick to watch something else!

  • 10k?? That was a million dollar performance son.

    • tru dat, ufc making millions ad a 10k for the match is ridiculous

  • Amazing how many haters on here. Jones just played his part in delivering what was easily a top ten UFC title fight of all time. He also showed heart and skill to come back the way he did having taken some heavy shots early in the fight and is a worthy champion no matter what you may think. Gustaffson deserves the rematch for sure but he didn't do anywhere near enough to take the belt and it won't be any easier for him next time around though it could be a question of who makes the right adjustments and how well they make them that determines the next fight between the two.