Alexander Gustafsson Hopes For Rematch With Jon Jones After Jimi Manuwa Fight

Published on March 5th, 2014 6:34 pm EST

Alexander Gustafsson and Jon "Bones" Jones engaged in one of the best fights in UFC history at UFC 165.

The fight between Gustafsson and Jones was named "Fight of the Year" by many different media publications. While most would agree that Gustafsson did not win the fight, he put the fear of God into the champion and pushed Jones to his limits for the full five round fight.


Many people assumed that the UFC would do an immediate rematch between Gustafsson and Jones, but that didn't turn out to be the case. The champion didn't help Gustafsson in that regard, as Jones declared that he was focusing on new challengers such as Glover Teixeira.

Gustafsson will be taking on Jimi Manuwa in the main event of UFC Fight Night 38 in London this weekend. Unfortunately for Gustafsson, this card will be shown on Fight Pass, which means that it will not be available for viewing unless you are willing to pay for the Fight Pass product.

According to Gustafsson, he wasn't aware of this until a few weeks ago. While this won't effect his purse money, he will almost certainly receive less sponsorship money as a result.


In the end, an emphatic victory over Manuwa would likely give Gustafsson the winner of Jones/Teixeira. There is always the possibility that Daniel Cormier could get the shot instead, but Cormier will likely have to beat a top 5 opponent before getting the shot.

Of course, there is always the chance that the winner of Jones/Teixeira gets hurt, which would likely lead to a #1 contender fight between Cormier and Gustafsson.


In short, if Gustafsson wins this weekend in emphatic fashion, he will likely return to PPVs in short order.

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