Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson (16-4) lost in the UFC 192 main event to the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier (17-1) in an absolute war. Even though Gustafsson lost his second opportunity at UFC gold, Fox Sport’s Elias Cepeda defended Alexander’s performance in a great write-up. Ellis echoed what most thinks as Gustafsson is indeed a beltless champion.
“Alexander Gustafsson proved once again Saturday night in the UFC 192 main event that he is one of the very best and most well-rounded fighters in MMA history.
Unfortunately, for all that he is, he still doesn’t own a world championship.
It has to all be dishearteningly familiar for the challenger. In 2013 he went through something very similar when he lost a decision to then champion Jon Jones.
Gustafsson admitted to having considered retirement after the loss to Johnson. The title shot against Cormier motivated him to get back to work.
If Gustafsson once again considers retirement, hopefully it is because he’s got enough money to do so, or because he knows his body and brain can use the rest after a lifetime of hard training. It shouldn’t be out of darkness or disappointment.
Fighting Alexander Gustafsson tests the best in the world like they never were before, and makes them better men. Watching “The Mauler” fight makes us all better fans.
There may not be enough title belts or treasure to go around, but there were no losers in Saturday’s championship fight. Daniel Cormier has the strap after his own incredible effort, and he is indeed the division’s “legit” champion as the challenger said, afterwards.
However, belt or no belt, Gustafsson is no less a champion than he or anyone else we’ve ever seen.”