UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones successfully held on to his divisional belt for the fifth straight time when he beat Chael Sonnen on Saturday night, tying “Bones” with Hall of Fame fighter Tito Ortiz in terms of consecutive defenses. When it comes to making history by potentially picking up #6, it turns out Jones is actually looking to take the toughest route possible by calling out streaking Swede Alexander Gustafsson instead of a rematch with Lyoto Machida.
According to comments Jones made at the post-event press conference for UFC 159, the thought of facing someone with Gustafsson’s physical tools and skillset is much more appealing than another crack at someone he choked out cold the first time they faced off.
“I’ve fought Lyoto Machida before, and I fight for the love of the sport. I fight for the people that support me, but I also fight to prove critics wrong. A lot of people believe that I have been successful because I appear to be larger than my opponents. And with Alexander Gustafsson that would be no more.”
“Fighting Alexander Gustafsson, a guy who is six-feet-six or six-five, pretty long arms himself, long legs…I think that would be a great thing and that’s who I’d love to fight next.”
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