Alexander Gustafsson delivered his finest performance in years on Sunday when he obliterated Glover Teixeira in UFC Fight Night 109’s main event to put his name back in the discussion with the top light heavyweight title contenders.
Despite losing to both fighters, Gustafsson’s bouts with “DC” and “Bones” are among the greatest in 205-pound history. Moreover, the Swede pushed both athletes to the brink unlike anyone before or after them. Champ Cormier meets Jones in July’s UFC 214 headliner, and Gustafsson said he’ll be keeping a close eye on the fight.
If it were up to Gustafsson, though, Cormier would retain the belt at UFC 214. Not because he’s clearly the better fighter, but because in Gustafsson’s eyes, he’s a better representative of what a UFC titleholder should be. “(Jones) is the biggest enemy,” Gustafsson said after UFC Fight Night 109. “I don’t like him. I give him that he’s the best fighter of all time. He’s the pound-for-pound (best) in our division. Everybody knows he hasn’t lost yet. He demolishes everyone he fights. “But as a person, as a champion, he’s not a champion in my eyes. He’s not a good person in my eyes. I always tell the guys, I hope ‘DC’ wins because I like the guy. He’s a worthy champion.” If Gustafsson does get another opportunity to fight for the belt, it could very well be his last. He’s positive he won’t come up short again, though, and said the experience of his first two title bouts – with the development of his skill set – will make the third time a charm. “It’s all about the last rounds,” Gustafsson said. “I’ve been so close to winning the fights. I lose a little bit at the end. I’m not going to lose on the finish line again. It’s not going to happen. Tonight I could have gone 10 rounds. I could go 10 rounds next time I fight ‘DC’ or Jones.” #ufc#mma#fightscope#fsp#themauler#dc#jones#bones#champ#andstill #andnew