Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) two-time title contender, Alexander Gustafsson, recently signed a “lucrative” new contract with the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, promising a future world championship while poking fun at reigning 205-pound kingpin Daniel Cormier, who recently teased retirement.
While others are talking about retirement, I just signed my new deal with the @ufc today. I am… https://t.co/Z4cQdzPLXv— Alexander Gustafsson (@AlexTheMauler) April 19, 2018
Cormier, who defeated Gustafsson by narrow split decision at UFC 192 back in late 2015, wasn’t about to let “The Mauler” get away with his little jab about hanging up the gloves and used social media to respond in kind.
Alex, what exactly have you accomplished in your career? I’ve earned the right to retire on top. Your greatest accomplishment is two close losses. Congrats on the new contract, now go fight. It’s been two years. Enough with the social media. #gofight https://t.co/Uf2LJ31ALE— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) April 21, 2018
Cormier found an ally in the unlikeliest of places. Longtime rival Jon Jones, who also topped Gustafsson at UFC 165 in late 2013 in what might be the closest fight of “Bones’” career, added his two cents.
I don’t even like DC and I enjoyed this. Too funny Alex bring all your tough guy shit to the championship rounds next time https://t.co/CSHLq7HlB2— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 24, 2018
Jones defeated Cormier as well, but was unable to prevail over United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) — as well as California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) — and therefore will have to do his talking from the gun range until his license is reinstated.