UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones said he believes that the UFC was trying to protect Alexander Gustafsson inside the cage by booking him to fight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
Jones made the comments in an interview with MMA Fighting.
“I wanna see [Gustafsson] fight a top contender,” Jones said. “Seems like these guys are not really having the toughest time to get to the belt. (Glover) Teixeira goes from (Ryan) Bader to a championship fight. Gustafsson went from Shogun “Rua” to a championship fight. I feel like they save all the dogs for me and they just give the toughest guys the easiest match-ups to get to a title shot. Let’s see some of these top contenders fight each other.”
Nogueira pulled out of the fight with an injury, so Gustafsson at this point has no opponent.
Gustafsson battled Jones in an epic war in September, but lost a close decision to Jones. During the fight, Gustafsson became the first man to take Jones down in an MMA fight.
Jones will fight Teixeira next. Jones said he was surprised to hear of Gustafsson’s opponent.
“I was like ‘Really? You want him to have the rematch that bad?’ No disrespect to Nogueira, but let’s see Gustafsson versus Cormier. It makes so much sense. Me, Cormier, Gustafsson and Teixeira, the top four guys in the division. Let’s put us all in a little round-robin pool and see who is the toughest out of us four. Why throw Little Nog into the picture? But whatever, I’m gonna fight the toughest one anyway.”