Jon Jones is currently out indefinitely with his broken toe injury, does Machida vs Gustaffson in the interim make sense? One fighter has already lost to the current champ and the other fighter is one of the last real challenges available for the champion.
The only scenario where this could be beneficial for the UFC is if Gustaffson defeats Machida. They wouldn’t have to promote the rematch that nobody is requesting and Alexander would get more momentum prior to a bout with Jones.
We already witnessed this scenario before at UFC 157 when Machida faced off against Dan Henderson. Henderson was already the number one contender, but they gave the bout to Chael Sonnen. Jones vs Henderson would of been a huge bout in the light heavyweight division, but unfortunately Machida was named the victor after a split decision.
Should the UFC take a chance by making this fight a reality?