When the UFC initially announced that Alexander Gustafsson would fight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira next, more than a few people expressed their disappointment about the match-up, considering there had been talk about “The Mauler” throwing down with Daniel Cormier.
One of these people was light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones, who argued that the UFC’s top contenders “are not really having the toughest time to get to the belt.” Well, not surprisingly, it doesn’t sound like UFC boss man Dana White cared for Jones’ comments…
When asked about Jones’ views this past weekend in Brazil, White relayed to the media (comments via MMA Junkie.com):
“Jon, I love you, but you’re not a matchmaker,” White said. “Fight your fight, he’ll fight his fight, and don’t worry about it.”
“It makes you sound like you’re worried about it,” White said. “When you talk like that, it sounds like you’re worried about it.”
That’s an interesting way of the looking at it although “Bones” would certainly disagree. Of course, it turns out Nogueria never agreed to fight Gustafsson, since he’s still recovering from a back injury that pulled him from a June 15th bout with “Shogun” Rua.
Now, Gustafsson is set to face Jimi Manuwa, March 8th in London, England, who isn’t ranked in the top ten. That said, the British fighter has gone 14-0 to date and all of his victories have come via submission or stoppage. It’s definitely a massive opportunity for “Poster Boy.”
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