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Alexander Gustafsson would be ‘completely stupid’ to fight Volkan Oezdemir and lose one year of his life

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Now that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is in hot water with United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), yet again, the promotion’s 205-pound weight class is in a state of limbo, yet again.

Until “Bones” is either suspended or cleared, there is no direct path to the division title.

But don’t expect surging contender Volkan Oezdemir to sit around waiting for the drama to unfold, because he’s more interested in taking out the top of the light heavyweight leaderboard so that once the dust settles, there will be no doubt as to who gets the next title shot.

Which is why Oezdemir was not surprised when No. 2-ranked Alexander Gustafsson, last seen crushing Glover Teixeira, ignored his post-fight call out.

“His next fight was supposed to be for the belt, so because of that, fighting me would be completely stupid,” Oezdemir told “He will lose his spot if he fights me, he will go down and lose one year of his life. And I understand he wants to be smart. He’s coming back from an injury and now he thinks it’s his time to fight for the belt. He doesn’t want to lose it.”

Gustafsson is still waiting for his “revenge.”

Oezdemir turned the division upside down by trashing Jimi Manuwa at the UFC 214 pay-per-view (PPV) event last July in Anaheim, Calif., the third time he’s disposed of a potential title challenger this year.

I guess “Rumble” had the wrong prediction.

Still lots of moving parts to this 205-pound puzzle, but no question Oezdemir and Gustafsson are right up there alongside former division kingpin Daniel Cormier. Unfortunately, everything hinges on Jones.

As usual.

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