UFC president Dana White returned from a vacation and immediately jumped into the fire, talking to UFC.com about the current state of affairs in his promotion.
Of course, the pressing news concerns Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson. Originally, Jones and Gustafsson were set to meet in September, but a training injury knocked “The Mauler” out.
Cormier was given the spot and accepted, and a whirl-wind media tour ensued. However, the UFC light heavyweight champion went down with an injury of his own recently and the bout has been shelved until the new year.
That didn’t sit too well with Gustafsson, but White isn’t giving in.
“Gustafsson is upset, but it’s not like we took Gustafsson out of the fight. Gustafsson got hurt and he’s out,” White said. “Cormier stepped in and accepted the fight and this is the fight that is going to happen now.
“The reality is we had Gustafsson versus Jones, he was the number one contender, that was the fight. He got hurt,” White said. “He fell out of the fight. Well, people can say, ‘Now Jones is hurt.’ Well yeah, but this is the fight that’s happening now.”
While the Swede has stated through his manager that he will not take another fight before competing for the belt, White said he will “probably fight again” before.
“He’ll probably have to stay active, stay top of mind and hte guy has to make money,” White added, even saying that Anthony Johnson would make sense as an opponent.
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