Alexander Gustafsson is not an especially outspoken fighter. He’s generally content to let his performance speak for itself in the octagon. As he looks to begin training for an eventual rematch with Jon Jones though, he has some stiff words for the current champion.
Despite being disappointed with the loss, Gustafsson first shrugged off allegations of bad judging, stating that he didn’t do enough to win the fight.
“People can say that I won the fight or that I didn’t win the fight, that I won the scorecards or anything,” he said on a recent episode of The MMA Hour. “It’s all up to the judges. I didn’t do enough to win the fight and that’s enough for me. That’s enough for me, I don’t need to know anymore. It will just make me feel worse knowing anything else. But, I learned a lot from this fight, it’s just going to make me stronger. Jon Jones can fight whoever he wants and take on whoever, but I will be around him all the time and I will be ready for another fight with him.”
Jon Jones, on the other hand, is adamant that he won the fight after reviewing the footage. Gustafsson couldn’t care less about this though, stating that both he and Jones know that the rematch will swing in Gustafsson’s favor.
“He can say whatever he wants, but, I’m not done,” Gustafsson warned. “I’m not happy with the way everything ended and I want that belt. That’s my big goal. I will have my rematch and I will get that belt one day and he knows it, too. So, I can’t wait.”
Gustafsson doesn’t know who he’ll fight next, but no matter who it is, it’s just one more step on the road back to a title fight.