Alexander Gustafsson Vows To Come Back Stronger, Picks ‘Bones’ To Beat Cormier

UFC light-heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson really broke on to the scene in the MMA world when he earned his first big league title shot, against nne other than 205-pound wrecking machine Jon Jones. The fight went down at UFC 165, and ‘The Mauler’ put in more than just a game showing against ‘Bones’, in fact, many fans still believe that Gus won the title that night.

Rest assured though, Gustafsson wasn’t going to dwell on the past, and took a very risky fight in London against ‘Poster Boy’ Jimi Manuwa. The subsequent, and rather thrilling knockout of Manuwa in his hometown was more than enough to earn Gus another shot at Jones, this time at UFC 178. A torn meniscus dashed Gustafsson’s chance to compete at 178, and in stepped Daniel Cormier to replace him.

Now forced to watch ‘DC’ take on ‘Bones’ for the belt, Gustafsson spoke with UFC.com about the injury and his future title hopes:

I was sparring and I felt my knee pop twice, but it didn’t hurt, it just felt strange,” he said. “I finished training and came home and then I woke up the next morning and I could barely walk on my right leg. Then I felt the knee right away. I’m hoping for a very fast recovery so I can get back very soon,” said the Arboga native, who noted that the messages of support he has already received from fans “mean a lot to me.”

Gus joins the unfortunate list of elite UFC fighters who have sustained serious injuries in training over the recent years. Other UFC talent that succumbed to high profile injuries include GSP, Anderson Silva, Anthony Pettis, Chael Sonnen’s ego and public image, and Cain Velasquez to name a few. One thing is for sure though, Gus isn’t letting this deter him.

I’m disappointed I can’t fight, but this is not the end, it’s just the beginning,” said the Swedish star. “I’m going to come back much stronger. (Jones vs. Cormier) is an interesting matchup,” he said. “Both are great athletes and it’s going to be a tough fight for sure. But Jones has his height and reach advantage over DC, so I think that will be the key thing in this fight. I think Jones by decision.”

So with ‘The Mauler’ on the bench for the moment, could Cormier swoop in and steal the title from Jones, or will the taller man outclass the stocky wrestler at UFC 178? Should DC fail in his attempt at ‘Bones’, it would make the inevitable rematch between Jones and Gus all the more intriguing, mainly because Gus may be the second to last contender at present for the belt. When asked of his feeling s towards Jones after UFC 165, Gustafsson simply stated: ‘I really want to fight him’.

Could this all be leading to ‘Bones’ making his much debated move to heavyweight, or will he even leave the 205-pound division unscathed? Many questions to be answered, but we won’t know anything until UFC 178.

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7 Comments

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    sbond

    July 25, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I hope he is right because this was a fight I was most looking forward to. I think everyone wants to see this rematch, therefor wanting Jones to win against cormier. I really do hope alex comes back soon because he is a bloody good fighter and a good guy. Looking forward to his return in the near future!

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    Zip

    July 25, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Sure, bones is thinking so, but his usual height and reach advantages won't help him in this one.

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    HATEOCRACY

    July 25, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Gus knows Bones is going to serve Danny Boy, then when he heal all up Bones is going to whoop his ass…& THATS THE FACT JACK.

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    HATEOCRACY

    July 25, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Please Bones Haters, don't keep whining about his height & reach advantage & Danny Boys injured knee. DC accepted the fight so obvious he's Ready for Freddy.

    So please s SHUT THEE F**K UP!!!

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      Zip

      July 25, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      Now now, Hate, settle down and allow me to help with some straight forward perspective. If chicken bones didn't only want to fight opponents in which he enjoys his enormous reach advantages over (that's everyone except Gus), or if DC didn't have a bad knee, or if bones wasn't a notorious knee assassin and a chronic eye poker, none of these things would be issues.

      See, wasn't that easy :)

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        SpaceJam

        July 26, 2014 at 1:56 am

        Its not Jon's problem if all the 205 Contenders are shorter them him, Jones doesn't choose to fight smaller fighters, its the way it is in the division, there aren't many tall contenders. You are the biggest Jones hater on this site, your ignorance is blinding. Keep hating on Jones and he will keep destroying the fighters you support. Jones smashed every single ELITE opponent the UFC put in front of him, including your boyfriend Gustafsson, and you have the audacity to call him "chicken bones". Whether you agree or not Jon Jones won 3 out of 5 rounds against Gus, and is P4P the best MMA fighter in the world, end of story.

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          Cpt. Paranoid

          July 26, 2014 at 9:26 am

          Damn it SpaceJ!!! I had your back on this one 'till you stated: "Jones smashed every single ELITE opponent the UFC put in front of him, including your boyfriend Gustafsson…." Did you watch that fight? If you did, watch it again. There's no way you can say that Jones destroyed Gustafsson. No matter how much you love Jones, or how much he means to you, hell SpaceJ might even be Jones. But even if it is you Bones, you can't really say that you destroyed Gus. Winning 3 out of 5 rounds isn't destroying, that's barley winning the fight.

          And Gus didn't get carried out of the octagon on a stretcher after that fight. Pity we didn't get to se the re-match. Gus had adopted a lot of Jones gameplan in to this one. I'm not saying he was planing on fighting a dirty fight, that might upset you. I'll say he was planing on fighting a Jones fight.

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