Today, at the UFC 169 Fight Club Q & A hosted by Jon Jones, the Light Heavyweight champion spoke about his upcoming schedule. Jones, who is set to defend his title against Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 in Baltimore, stated that after Glover he expects to face off against Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch. After that bout, he expects to fight Daniel Cormier.
This is obviously a bold statement from Jones, as you rarely see fighters predicting their next bouts. Most of the time a fighter will respond to a ‘what’s next’ question with the standard ‘I am focused on my upcoming opponent’. While Jon did admit he is focused on Glover, he could not help but to predict his upcoming foes.
For his schedule to come to fruition a lot of pieces must first fall in place. At UFC Fight Night 37, Alexander Gustafsson will face off against the rising undefeated prospect, Jimi Manuwa, in the main event of the evening. Gus has to get passed Manuwa in order to fight Jones again. If Gus does beat Manuwa, expect a monumental rematch sometime late in 2014.
As for Cormier, he faces former Light Heavyweight champion, Rashad Evans, at UFC 170 in his first drop down to Light Heavyweight. Cormier faces a stiff test in Evans, and even with a victory will likely have to wait on the sidelines if Gus defeats Manuwa.
Of course, this is all dependent on Jon Jones actually defending his title against Glover at UFC 172. Glover packs a lot of power into his punches, and is arguably the strongest hitter Jon has faced. We will soon find out is Jon Jones is as good a prophet as a fighter.