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Alexander Gustafsson reacts to Jon Jones belt strip: 'UFC did him a favor'

Otherwise, he'll never learn from his mistakes if he keeps gettign passes.

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) officials made the decision to strip Jon Jones of his light heavyweight title and bar him from competing inside the Octagon for the foreseeable after he was involved in a felony hit-and-run accident in Albuquerque, N.M., over the weekend.

Read all about it here.

It's was a bold move that had the seal of approval by the majority of the mixed martial arts (MMA) community, Alexander Gustafsson included, who posted a video to his Facebook page that declared UFC's decision to bring the hammer down on "Bones" was a favor to the embattled champion.

Hi words (via MMA Sucka):

"I think [UFC] did the right thing. That was the only thing that they could have done, because so many things Jon Jones has been doing and he's been getting away with stuff, so how far can he go? It doesn't do him a favor doing that. This is a favor to him. That you show that this is not acceptable, that you can't continue doing this while you're having the world title. You have to represent the sport well, you have to be a role model for young kids. You're the ambassador for the sport globally basically."

Enough is enough.

Despite their differences, "The Mauler" still recognizes Jones as the best fighter in the world who has yet to lose inside the Octagon, only losing his belt for doing "stupid things."

The Swede is also disappointed he won't get a chance to rematch his rival for the title:

"I want to say that he is the best guy in the world, he is the champion and he is the best pound for pound, no doubt about that. It's also very tragic because all of the fighters are working very hard to get to that position to face him for the title and to become the world champion. So, he hasn't lost that title from competition; he lost it because he did stupid things. Even if I go up there and I compete and I win the world title, it's not the same because you want to get that belt from the best guy in the world, so I think it's very tragic."

Not everyone shares that sentiment with Gustafsson, as Anthony Johnson doesn't care who he has to beat to become the new 205-pound ruler, which is the reason he wasn't too bummed to learn that he'll now face Daniel Cormier at UFC 187 on May 23, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the vacant title.

As for Gustafsson, he'll look to earn his way to another title shot when he collides with Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 69 on June 20, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. For more details about that fight click here.

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