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