Alexander Gustafsson vs Anthony Johnson Starting To Take Shape

Published on September 4th, 2014 12:41 am EST

Alexander Gustafsson and Jon "Bones" Jones engaged in one of the greatest fights in UFC history when they locked horns at UFC 165 in September of 2013. The fight, which was won by Jones via unanimous decision, was the first time that Jones has looked vulnerable during his impressive UFC career.

Gustafsson beat Jimi Manuwa at UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs Manuwa, which officially earned him another shot at Jones and the Light Heavyweight title. Jones eventually agreed to the rematch and the two were slated to face off in the UFC 178 main event in Las Vegas.

Unfortunately for Gustafsson and UFC fans, "The Mauler" suffered a shoulder injury and was forced to withdraw from the fight. Daniel Cormier took Gustafsson's spot and will now face off against Jon Jones in January.

Gustafsson was originally content to remain on the sidelines and wait for the winner of Jones/Cormier. The problem? Gustafsson vs Jones/Cormier would have likely taken place in the summer of 2015, which meant that Gustafsson would have likely ended up sitting on the sidelines for a year and a half while waiting for his title shot. For a fighter that is clearly in his prime, that is an incredible amount of time to have to sit on the sidelines.

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In recent weeks, Gustafsson and his team have seemingly warmed up to the idea of taking a fight in the interim while they wait for Jones/Cormier to play out.

The likely opponent for Gustafsson? Anthony Johnson, who is fresh off of destructions of both Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Phil Davis. Anthony Johnson has taken to Twitter to ask for the Gustafsson fight, and UFC President Dana White has gone on record as saying that it is a fight that he wants to see. Gustafsson is taking a risk in possibly fighting Johnson, as Johnson would surely get the next shot at the title with a win, but "The Mauler" seems willing to take that chance. At the end of the day, fighters don't get paid unless they are stepping into the Octagon.

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So, if things get worked out over the next couple of weeks, chances are that we will hear about the Anthony Johnson vs Alexander Gustafsson fight getting made, with the winner likely getting promised a shot at the Light Heavyweight title.


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