Alxander Gustafsson was gutted after being pulled from the UFC On FUEL card in Sweden, and now that the title may have to sit on the shelf because of an injury to UFC Champion Jon Jones, he doesn’t want to sit on the bench. Despite the UFC saying that Lyoto Machida was next in line for Jones, the idea of Gustafsson getting the call got new life when Jones said he would rather fight Gustafsson. Of course Gustafsson is ok with getting a shot at the crown now, but he also says he is more than happy to fight Machida if thats what the UFC wants.
He told MMAFighting:
“It was the worst week ever in my life. I want to fight Jones. I want to fight for the title, that’s what I want to do. If Jones will be out for a longer time, I’d fight Machida if that’s what the UFC wants. Of course, and if Machida wants it, no problem. I’ll fight him.”
“I’m not going to wait. I’m not going to wait for a long time. I fought ‘Shogun’ in December. I want to fight soon. I want to fight in a couple of months at least, I want to fight soon. If Jones can’t fight, which I would understand because [his injury] looked very nasty, I’d fight Machida, too. If Jones can fight in few months, I would love to fight him.”
On the main event he missed because of a cut at UFC On FUEL in Sweden:
“I didn’t watch it live. I was in the training room with Ilir Latifi and Reza Medadi. I was in his corner and helped him out, I couldn’t be there, I couldn’t. I left the arena before the main event, I watched it the next day. I actually went there just to help my friend out, he asked to be in his corner so I couldn’t say no. But that was it, I couldn’t be there, It didn’t feel good. I felt like, if I’m going to be at the arena, I’m going to fight. If I’m not fighting, why should I be there, so, I just went home with my dogs. I watched the main event the day after.”