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Machida Wants Gustafsson if Jones Sidelined Long Term

Kelsey Mowatt

Lyoto Machida

Jon Jones might want to return as soon as possible from the toe injury which caused millions of people to cringe, or worse, Saturday night, but if he can’t fight before the summer’s out, Lyoto Machida wants to take on Alexander Gustafsson.

According to a report from MMA Machida’s manager Ed Soares has informed the outlet that Machida would rather stay busy and take on the rising Gustafsson next, if Jones can’t fight until fall. If the light-heavyweight champ is able to fight in August or September, however, then Machida would like to take another run at Jones.

Jones severely broke his toe before stopping Chael Sonnen at UFC 159, and after having surgery to repair it, the renowned fighter tweeted:

“Screw my big toe, I’m on a mission. No time to slow down now.”

After getting choked out by Jones at UFC 140 in December, 2011, Machida has scored back-to-back wins over Ryan Bader and Dan Henderson to position himself at the top of the light-heavyweight division.

Gustafsson, however, has also been calling for a bout with Jones, since the Swedish fighter has won six straight fights to become one of the promotion’s top contenders. Jones has said that he would like to fight the light-heavyweight next, since he hasn’t already rendered him unconscious with a second round guillotine choke.

Of course, if Machida could take Gustafsson out beforehand, then Jones may have no choice but to rematch the former champ.

No timeline for Jones’ return has been established yet.

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