Daniel Cormier (15-1) just suffered the first loss of his career in the main event of UFC 182 for the light heavyweight championship by way of a 5-round unanimous decision to Jon “Bones” Jones (21-1). The bout was originally supposed to be a rematch of the 2013 “fight of the year” between Jones and hot contender Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson (16-3), but injuries barred that from happening. In a shocking turn of events, “The Mauler” got mauled this past weekend at UFC on Fox 14 when he was knocked out in just over two minutes by Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (19-4), who now has the current title shot.
But DC wants to be next in line and thinks the best way to get there is to take on Gustafsson as well.
“He’s got the biggest name,” Cormier said of Gustafsson on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “We’re both coming off of a loss. So it would make sense. If that’s the case, if they say Daniel, you and Alexander fight, and the winner will get a title shot against Anthony or Jon, then, yes. I’ve never once picked a fight,” he said. “UFC has always called me and said, ‘Daniel you’re fighting this guy.’ when I fought Jon for the belt, I had fought Patrick Cumminsand Dan Henderson, but [Cummins] was supposed to be Rashad Evans, my first fight in the division was supposed to be Rashad Evans, so they always tell me. I never turn down a fight. If I was going to turn down any, it would have been Rashad because we’re buddies.”
“It needs to be guy with name recognition,” Cormier said. “So where the people say, ‘ok Daniel beat this guy, we need to see him either fight for the championship again, or he’s very close. Because to me Alexander and I, realistically, are two guys who could fight for the belt. Once you get past us, and Rashad, they’re all rematches. past them who you going to put in the cage with Jon?”
“Maybe the golden ticket is Gustafsson,” he said. “Because if Rashad gets Gustafsson, maybe Rashad gets the title shot.”
The updated UFC light heavyweight rankings place Alexander Gustafsson at #2 and Daniel Cormier at #3. Do you think a fight between Gus and DC makes sense? Do you think Jon Jones will eventually have to move up to face heavyweight opponents?