Normally quiet and reserved, Sweden's Alexander Gustafsson has moved away from his normal stoic persona and lashed out at much maligned former champion Jon Jones. The pair fought at UFC 165 almost four years ago and the fight is widely considered as one of the greatest fights in UFC history.
Gus however, believes that the champion at the time, Jones, was abusing many substances including PEDs. This view comes from his disdain of Jones and his antics at a recent press conference, where Jones bragged about taking cocaine a week before a fight. Speaking on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, the former two time title challenger opened up about his abhorrence for Jon Jones.
“I don't like how he's talking on the stage, doing the whole cocaine thing, with so many young people, kids and everything, looking up to him.”
Clearly the Swedish fighter is not a fan of the way Jones carries himself outside the octagon, but he still maintains that Jones is a “worthy champion” and one of the best inside the octagon and still respects him as a fighter.
When asked if he thought Jones had used PED's during his fight with the champion, Gus replied “I believe so”. This is certainly no small allegation and could even land the Swedish star in a spot of bother but will more than likely end up in a rematch, which has been four years in the making.
Gustafsson earned the biggest win of his career just over a week ago in his homeland, as he stopped Glover Teixeira in an almost perfect performance. His efforts left fans salivating at the prospect of Jones vs Gustafsson 2. Of course there are many obstacles in the way before this fight can become a reality, Daniel Cormier being the most pertinent.
Although many would wish Gus to be the next contender to fight the winner of UFC 214's main event, the promotion have announced that the winner will face Jimi Manuwa, should he see off the challenge of Volkan Oezdemir on that same card.
Perhaps this is ‘The Maulers' way of speeding up his title challenge, because if Jones were to beat Cormier, expect the fans to be clamouring for the rematch of the greatest light heavyweight title fight of all time.
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