Despite the fact that both Alexander Gustafsson and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones are on the same schedule to get back inside the Octagon following their recent injuries, Daniel Cormier will not lose his title fight against "Bones."
This, despite the fact that "DC" only got the title fight after Gustafsson came down with an injury, one which forced him out of his rematch against Jones at the UFC 178 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Sept. 27, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And now that the "Jones vs. Cormier" championship match has been moved to headline UFC 182 on Jan. 3, 2015 due to Jon's own injury (details here), Gustafsson wants what is rightfully his. Unfortunately, the higher ups at ZUFFA have already assured Cormier that he will not lose his title fight.
"DC" broke it down during America's Pregame on FOX Sports 1:
"There were a lot of questions when I heard he was out of the fight. Remember, I replaced Alexander Gustafsson. When I heard Jon was hurt, now he and Gustafsson are now on the same schedule to be healthy. So my first question was, do I have to go back behind Gustafsson now, right? And I was assured it is going to be me in January, he's not going to take my place. Lorenzo Fertitta, the big boss said this is a fight we're keeping together. I was very concerned about that, I didn't want to lose my place in line. But to have this fight with a full training camp, six months to prepare and to know that I'm fighting Jon Jones. It can be a blessing, but I would be outside of myself to not say that I went into this fight with my knee pretty jacked up and I was going to fight through it to get a title."
Is it fair?
Gustafsson recently underwent successful surgery to repair his knee issue and was gearing up to make a rather speedy return to face either Cormier or Jones. But with the recent postponement that will delay the fight another six months, Gustafsson is in a very tough predicament.
Does he sit out potentially another year to finally get his much-desired title shot? Or does he go ahead and take another fight in the interim to keep busy and risk losing?
One thing is certain, if the towering Swede was angry before, he's going to be super pissed once he gets wind of this bit of news.