UFC 178: Jones Injury, Gustafsson Wants Fight


UFConFoxMixedMartialArts_crop_northJon “Bones” Jones’ (20-1-0) leg injury that is keeping him from defending his title in UFC 178 has thrown a wrench into the light heavyweight division for No. 1 contender Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafson (16-2-0). Jones was initially scheduled to fight Gustafsson in a rematch at UFC 178 but the Swede pulled out due to an injury.

“The Mauler” dropped a five round unanimous decision to Jones at UFC 165 last September and was set for the rematch before suffering an injury. Dana White looked to No. 2 contender Daniel “DC” Cormier (15-0-0) to fill in the UFC 178 match.

Now that the champion is injured as well and his fight with “DC” is now pushed to January 3, 2015 it seems that Gustafsson feels the shot in January should be his.

“I just heard the news that Jones is injured and the fight is rescheduled to January 3,” read Gustaffsson’s post on Facebook, “it was MY fight to begin with and I WANT the fight as the number 1 contender. End of story!”

UFC President Dana White said that, “Gustafsson is upset,” but went on to note that, “Gustafsson got hurt and he’s out,” as the reason that Cormier still gets the title shot in January rather than the No. 1 contender. White went on to say that, “Cormier stepped in and accepted the fight and this is the fight that is going to happen now.”

White didn’t see the circumstances surrounding Jones’ injury as mitigating a situation in which Cormier should lose his title shot since he was willing to step up and take the fight.

“The reality is we had Gustafsson versus Jones, he was the number one contender, that was the fight,” said White, “He got hurt. He fell out of the fight.” White went on to say that regardless of Jones’ injury that Cormier versus Jones, “is the fight that’s happening now.”

White does have a plan for Gustafsson, “We’ll probably do another fight for him,” and went on to confirm that the fight would most likely be with No. 5 contender Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (18-4-0) who has been a rising star in the light heavyweight division.

The Dublin, Georgia native knocked out Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 44 seconds into the first round at a UFC Fight Night in July.

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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