After nearly a year on the sidelines following back-to-back defeats, former two-time light heavyweight title challenger Alexander Gustafsson got back into the win column by out-grinding Jan Blachowicz at UFC Fight Night 93 a few weeks ago.
As far as what’s next for "The Mauler," calling people out has never been his style. During his interview on The MMA Hour, Alex said he would stick with his mantra and take what comes next without seeking a specific foe.
When broached about a potentiate rematch against Jon Jones -- who could be making his way back to the cage sooner rather than later following this mishap — Gustafsson didn’t oppose it.
One thing he won’t agree with, however, is if UFC officials grant "Bones" an immediate title shot upon his return from hiatus following his failed drug test prior to UFC 200 earlier this year.
"Yeah, it wouldn’t be fair if he got a title shot. I’m not saying I’m going to get it, I’m just saying, you know, with everything that happened it’s not fair to other fighters," said Gustafsson, who lost to Jones at UFC 165 a few years back.
"They have been working their assess off and they have been fighting each other. So, not a title shot right away. Give him a fight first, and then we will see."
UFC President Dana White agrees, as he hinted at booking a fight between Jones and Anthony Johnson with the winner taking on division champion Daniel Cormier.
Which really wouldn’t be fair to "Rumble," as he was expected to get dibs on "DC" following his win over Glover Teixeira at UFC 202. Should Cormier vs. Johnson be given the green light, Gustafsson likes Cormier to go up 2-0 on the hard-hitting brawler if he can manage to survive his early bombs.
"If ‘DC’ can survive one or two punches, he will probably get the win. But you have to take those shots, too." Something Daniel has already done once before.
Anyone opposed to a possible rematch between Gustafsson and Jones in the foreseeable future?