Many mixed martial arts fans were hoping to be treated to a rematch between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, following their incredible fight last weekend at UFC 165. However, a rematch will not be in store after UFC president Dana White confirmed that Jones’ next title defense would come against No. 1 contender Glover Teixeira.
The event is being targeted for Super Bowl weekend, and the reports state that this is the fight that Jones would prefer.
Initially after the fight with Gustafsson, the rematch seemed like the fair thing to do, but Jones said that he has rewatched the bout multiple times and he is comfortable with the fact that he beat Gustafsson “decisively” at the Air Canada Centre.
Ariel Helwani passed along the news on UFC Tonight, after speaking with the champ.
“[Jones) told me he did not break his foot. It's just a deep bruise and he should be good to go in a few weeks," said Helwani. "Right after the fight, [Jones] thought the most fair thing to do was to grant Alexander Gustafsson a rematch. Now, after watching the fight over ten more [times], Jones thinks he decisively won rounds two, four and five and that he decisively won the fight, so the most fair thing to do is to move on.”
Many will disagree with Jones’ assessment of the fight, especially those that scored the fight in favor of Gustafsson, but that is now all in the past and Jones will need to look forward to his next opponent.
As for Gustafsson, he is expected to fight against a yet to be named opponent at a future event in his home country of Sweden.