Alexander Gustafsson's Trainer Says UFC 165 Fight is a 'Blur'
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 09.23.2013
Trainer talks about a potential rematch and more...
Alexander Gustafsson's trainer Eric Del Fierro spoke with MMAjunkie about Gustafsson's fight with Jon Jones at UFC 165. Check out the highlights:
On his impression of the fight: "The whole fight now, looking back, is almost a blur...It was a great fight for the fans. It was a great fight for Alex. I loved it. The kid did what he was supposed to do. A little bit more would have got us the fight, but it is what it is."
On whether Gustafsson will get an immediate rematch: "I'm not sure what the promotion has in store for these guys. As a fan, I would love to see that fight again. Those guys put on an incredible fight, and they have the potential to keep putting on that kind of fight."
On how he thought the fight went: "When I was there live, I had Alex winning round 1, round 2, and round 3, but I thought round 3 could have swung either way. We told Alex we thought we lost that third round. I think the championship rounds is what cost us. When I was there, I thought we lost the fourth round, and obviously we lost the fifth round. That fifth round we needed to cement the win. It was close, and looking at everybody's scorecards, people had it mixed. It was a super close fight, but we truly needed that fifth round to take the belt from him."
On a potential rematch going differently: "I know Alex has what it takes to beat him, so I know he would love to have the rematch, as well. As a challenger, you can't scream rematch. But yeah, it would be great. Alex deserves it. He put on a great performance."
On whether the loss had to do with Gustafsson's nine-month layoff from his last fight: "Both guys were grinding. It was a crazy pace for a light heavyweight fight."
On Gustafsson's performance: "We wanted him to come forward a bit more and put pressure on him. Once we were able to shut down [Jones'] takedowns, we knew what Alex could do, and we just wanted him to sit down on his punches and put together a little bit longer combinations. The big factor that everybody worries about is if you come inside on Jones, he's going to wrestle you, he's going to throw you, he's going to take you down. Once we shut that down, we knew what Alex could do."
On the final rounds: "Honestly, I think he was just a little shocked that Jones came out so strong at the end of the fourth. I asked him afterward how hurt he was from that elbow, and he said, 'I was OK. I just felt exhausted.' Watching the fight) on TV, I saw Alex controlling that fourth round for about four minutes, and then Jones just stealing that last minute of the round. [Jones] closed hard in that fifth round."