Dana White suggests Jon Jones might be worried about Alexander Gustafsson rematch

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sport

Jon Jones passed on an Alexander Gustafsson rematch to fight Glover Teixeira, but still insists it's "The Mauler" who is getting the easy match ups.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones does not like the way the promotion has been booking Alexander Gustafsson. First, it gave "The Mauler" a title shot based on a unanimous decision win over Mauricio Rua, then tried to pair him off against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

Both "easy match-ups," according to "Bones."

So why is Jones -- who claims his UFC 165 win over Gustafsson was "clear cut" -- so concerned about who the towering Swede is paired up against? According to UFC President Dana White (via FOX Sports), it makes the champ sound "worried" about a potential rematch.

Probably because of this.

"Jon, I love you, you're not a matchmaker. Fight your fight, he'll fight his fight, and don't worry about it. When you talk like that it makes it sound like you're worried about it. Both [Gustafsson and Manuwa] are strikers. I think it's going to be a stand-up war. I think anything is possible. This happens all the time. Same f---ing thing people said about Gustafsson. ‘Oh, Gustafsson is going to fight f---ing Jon Jones. Jon Jones is going to kill him.' Okay."

I thought Jones was a matchmaker based on this.

After "Little Nog" was forced to decline the fight due to injury, Gustafsson was signed to a 205-pound slugfest against Jimi Manuwa in next year's UFC event in London (details). While "Poster Boy" is hardly a household name, his perfect record boasts 13 finishes by way of knockout/technical knockout in 14 wins.

Jones, meanwhile, passed on a UFC 165 rematch to mix it up with Glover Teixeira, who has been perfect at 5-0 with four finishes since joining the ranks of ZUFFA. The Brazilian is 22-1 overall and recently pasted Ryan Bader at the UFC Fight Night 28 event in Brazil.

Bad ass!

But is "Bones" more "worried" about Gustafsson's opponents than his own?

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