Alexander Gustafsson Thinks Jon Jones is Ducking Him
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.25.2014
He'll fight whoever they put him against though...
Alexander Gustafsson recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his eventual light heavyweight title shot and more. Check out the highlights:
On what he'd do if his title shot was pushed back: "I'd probably fight someone else, then. I'm a fighter and I want to fight. Basically, if Jones beats Teixeira, I want that title shot right away. If he doesn't win (and they give him a rematch), then I'll have to look at other possibilities. But I'm fighting whoever they gave me. That's just the way I am."
On who he thinks will win: "I think Jones is going to win the fight by decision. Glover is a great fighter and a very tough fighter. Jones has to respect his power – he's a dangerous fighter with a knockout chance. But Jones has too many tools for Glover, and I don't think Glover is fast enough for Jones. He's the type of fighter that fits Jones very well."
On his previous fight with Jones: "It took me a while, actually, to get over it. The physical part of it was very easy. I wasn't that banged up. I was back in training after two weeks. But it was the mental things, the motivation, and I was so disappointed over everything. So it took a while. But when I heard I was fighting Jimi Manuwa, I knew I had to let the past go and get 100 percent focused on Manuwa. I knew that guy was very dangerous and hits very hard. So I just let the past go and saw my next challenge."
On Jones ducking him: "In my mind, Jones is doing everything he can to not fight me. He doesn't want to fight me. So I think he's trying to mix things up. But the only fight that makes sense for me right now is if he wins against Teixeira, is me fighting him."