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Sorry, but Daniel Cormier has no sympathy for jilted Alexander Gustafsson, a 'victim of circumstance'

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Alexander Gustafsson is a victim of circumstance.

That's according to UFC Tonight co-host Daniel Cormier, who was pegged as the towering Swede's replacement to face Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, after Gus was forced out of their title fight with an injury.

And though Jones suffered an injury of his own, which delayed his title defense against Cormier until UFC 182 on Jan. 3, 2015, a now-healthy Alexander wasn't given his title shot back.


But as Cormier recently revealed on The MMA Hour, Gustafsson will have to wait even longer to get another crack at the title. That's because when "DC" wins gold, Jones will get an immediate rematch, which means Gustafsson will be forced to play the waiting game.


" I mean, you know, it's circumstance man. A lot of things come down to circumstance, you know what I mean? This (UFC Tonight) job, circumstance. The fight with Jon, it's circumstance. Me winning the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. Sometimes things come down to the person that is willing to step up when an opportunity is presented. I did. Did we know that Jon and I would be so electric? No. It has taken on a life of its own and now he (Gustafsson) can't get back in his place. No, I am not going to feel bad for him now and I am not going to feel bad for him when he waits until the end of 2015 for him to fight for the title because I am going to win and then Jones is going to get a rematch. He was the victim of circumstance, so no, I do not feel bad for him at all."

Of course,"DC's" prediction may not come true.

Should Jones go on to retain his title by defeating Cormier in "Sin City," a rematch will likely not be warranted, which means Gus should get his much-desired rematch against "Bones" in mid-2015.

Then again, if "The Mauler" lays an egg against Rashad Evans -- a fight that is expected to take place on Jan. 24, 2015 in Sweden -- then he can pretty much kiss his title hopes goodbye.

As for Cormier, well, he always seems to be at the right place at the right time.

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