Considering the history Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson share, it’s not surprising to see the latter field questions about the UFC champ’s positive test for cocaine metabolites.
Gustafsson recently attended a media luncheon to discuss his upcoming January 24th bout with Anthony Johnson, which will likely determine who will challenge Jones next. As nearly every MMA fan knows, the Swedish star pushed Jones to his limits in September, 2013, but the light-heavyweight champ retained the belt with a unanimous decision win.
So, what is Gustafsson’s take on the Jones situation? According to a report from MMA Fighting.com, “The Mauler” had this to say about the subject:
“It is bad for the sport, bad for the organization,” said Gustafsson, who was scheduled to rematch Jones last October, but had to withdraw due to injury. Jones ended up fighting Daniel Cormier at UFC 182, and recorded a UD victory. “We’re supposed to be role models. You’re supposed to stay above that sort of thing.”
Gustafsson certainly isn’t the only person to express that view. The fighter also noted that despite the fact he constantly gets asked questions about Jones, he is focused on the “dangerous” Johnson. That is extremely wise, considering what the powerful light-heavyweight has showcased in his last few outings.
Gustafsson’s teammate, Phil Davis, was also at the luncheon, and here’s what the Alliance MMA fighter had to say about Jones:
“They drug tested him and he popped,” Davis said. “Now, I’m just a stupid fighter, but it sounded like, if they drug tested him, they were looking to do something if he popped. So I think you gotta do something. But then again, what do I know?”
Davis is scheduled to fight Ryan Bader the same night Gustafsson will battle Johnson at UFC on FOX 14. The card will be hosted by the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.