Not long after Dana White announced he’s in fact down with Michael Bisping versus Luke Rockhold next, Alexander Gustafsson has reportedly changed his tune about fighting Anthony Johnson.
Recently, Gustafsson dashed the hopes of many fans, by arguing that Johnson’s wins over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Phil Davis, hadn’t earned him a bout with the #1 light-heavyweight contender. Johnson, as you likely know, has been calling for a scrap with “The Mauler”, which always sounded pretty, pretty, pretty good to me.
Well, if you were also hoping to see Gustafsson take on “Rumble”, then you’ll be happy to read what the Swedish fighter recently posted on Mikz (it’s a social media platform in case you didn’t know…which I didn’t…this thing is new right?)
“Anthony Johnson, there is no one hiding from anyone here. We are both professional fighters and fighting is what we do for living. I know it is frustrating not getting response when you are challenging someone, therefore, I will not turn you down. I will be fully recovered within a couple of weeks so anytime in January and forward I will be ready to fight you.
“Now it is up to the UFC to put this fight together. I can’t wait to sign the bout agreement my friend and show you what Battlefield feels like.”
How about that for a response huh? Whether you’re a fan of Gustafsson or not, the fighter certainly deserves a ton of praise for this decision. After all, he’s reportedly been promised a fight with the winner of Jon Jones-Daniel Cormier on January 3rd. So not only has he elected to stay active, but he’s decided to throw down with a guy who is ridiculously dangerous.
One would think the UFC will jump all over this, as UFC President Dana White has already relayed a fight between Gustafsson and Johnson makes sense. There’s also considerable buzz behind both men right now.
If and when the fight gets booked, it will mark the first time Gustafsson has fought since March, when he took out Jimi Manuwa. The victory earned Gustafsson a UFC 178 bout with the champion Jones, but he was forced to drop out due to knee injury.
Gustafsson and Jones battled for the first time last September, and the latter emerged from the epic bout with a decision win.