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Gustafsson Ridicules Anthony Johnson During Interview

(Light Heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson)

Former UFC Light Heavyweight number 1 contender Alexander Gustafsson (16-2) is still bitter that Daniel Cormier is getting the title fight with Jon Jones even when both combatants are back in good health. Even being pushed by UFC President Dana White to maintain an active fighting lifestyle and even being called out by another surging 205er, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, the swede Gustafsson won’t budge on his belief that he feels like he got shafted and declined the opportunity at a date with Johnson. Johnson was answered via The Mauler’s interview with a Swedish Media outlet known as Expressen.se This is what Gustafsson had to say.

“I have fought both worse and better opponents,” said Gustafsson, as transcribed by David St. Martin for MMAFighting. “Had that fight taken me somewhere I had been the first to accept.”

Alexander was obviously not thrilled with the match-up and continued to belittle the former Welterweight.

“Since his return to the UFC after being kicked out, he has beaten Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, who passed [his expiration] date a long time ago, and Phil Davis. He needs at least a couple wins more.

Both opponents Rumble had faced he thoroughly dominated, winning every round en route to a unanimous decision at UFC 172 over top 5 ranked (at the time) Light Heavyweight Phil Davis and he battered the former Brazilian Boxing Champion Antonio Rogerio Noguiera in 44 seconds at UFC on Fox 12.

“We are not in the playground anymore, it’s not about who is the toughest, it’s about my career, I want to have a long and successful career. You have to think tactically and you can’t just go in and swing against the first best opponent.”

Anthony Johnson was not too fond of what Gustafsson had to say and responded via his personal Facebook account.

“What did I just read? Gus must’ve bumped his head. I respect his opinion but one thing is this. I left the playground a long time ago, I’m on the BATTLEFIELD now!

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