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Gustafsson gets Jones with a win
Alexander Gustafsson may still be disappointed that his next fight won't be a rematch against UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, but he won't have to wait long for a second shot as it turns out.
The Swedish-born fighter gave Jones his toughest test to date in a bout at UFC 165 that will certainly be up for consideration for 'Fight Of The Year' when 2013 comes to a close. Gustafsson was hoping for an automatic rematch, but Jones asked the UFC to go ahead and give the next contender in line a shot first so he will face Glover Teixeira instead in early 2014.
As it turns out, however, Gustafsson will get his next trip to the Octagon a little closer to home although final plans have not been determined yet.
"He's going to fight in Sweden, he might fight in London though," UFC president Dana White said on Monday about Gustafsson's next bout. "He's either going to fight in Sweden or London, we'll see what happens."
At that point, Gustafsson controls his own destiny in terms of what happens next. If Gustafsson is victorious against whomever he faces, he will then draw the winner of Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira.
"He's fighting him for sure. Gustafsson's going to fight and obviously he's got to win, but he's going to fight (Jones) next 100-percent," White revealed. "That's the next fight."
Now any number of obstacles still stand in the way of Jones vs. Gustafsson 2 actually becoming a reality. Obviously both fighters have to win, but injuries and other delays have been known to put road bumps in the path of a dream rematch.
Gustafsson at the very least now knows that he's only one fight away from getting another shot at the UFC light heavyweight title. Whoever draws Gustafsson for his next fight will not only face one of the best 205-pound fighters on the planet, but a Viking warrior hell bent on capturing the belt he came so close to grabbing just a few weeks ago.
UFC Tonight reported last Wednesday that Gustafsson's trainer, Eric Del Fierro, was lobbying for a bout against either Ryan Bader or Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.