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The war between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 may have shattered Glover Teixeira’s immediate title shot dreams.
UFC President Dana White was non-committal when asked at the post-fight press conference about who gets the next shot at Jones, who narrowly escaped with a unanimous-decision victory over Gustafsson.
“Jon Jones isn’t going to want to hear the word fight for two or three weeks,” White said. “I guarantee you that. This is one of those fights where you have to go home, you wait and you see what happens. Maybe it’s Glover, maybe it’s a rematch. I don’t know.”
White earlier in the presser said, ” Who doesn’t want to see this rematch?”
Prior to the fight White had said Teixeira would get the next title shot.
Neither Jones or Gustafsson showed up at the press conference because they both went to the hospital.
White, who didn’t score the fight because he was so excited over the cage mayhem, said what he loves about MMA is that anything can happen.
“Jon Jones has been fighting guys smaller than him, shorter than him and he has that style where he keeps people on the outside and he couldn’t keep Gustafsson on the outside,” White said.
White said he was stunned that Jones couldn’t take Gustafsson down.
“In a million years I didn’t think Gustafsson would take him down and Jones wouldn’t be able to take him down,” White said. “One of the exciting things about this sport is that things never go the way they are supposed to go.”
Going into Saturday night’s fight Jones was regarded as the best pound-for-pound mixed martial artist in the world. Gustafsson, however, seemed to control most of the fight, battering Jones from the outside, taking Jones down for the first time in his career, and stuffing most of Jones’ takedown attempts. Jones was able to rally by connecting with elbows and kicks, but when the fight was over, Jones’ lips were puffy, eyes swollen and face cut.
He limped back to the dressing. Gustafsson was exhausted going into the last round and was also cut up from Jones’ elbows.
“I believe this is one of those fights where both guys felt like they were going to die,” White said.