Despite light heavyweight champion Jon Jones' recent offer to help, it seems UFC matchmaker Joe Silva still has a job. With UFC president Dana White confirming that Alexander Gustafsson will now face the winner of Jones' upcoming title bout with Glover Teixeira, fans were left wondering where Daniel Cormier figures in. Responding to a fan on Twitter, White made it known that 'DC' will now face the winner of Gustafsson vs. the light heavyweight champion following UFC 172 in April.
@FantasyMoneyMan u will see him against the winner of Jones/Glover vs Gus— Dana White (@danawhite) March 9, 2014
Should Jones defeat Teixeira Apr. 26 in Baltimore, Gustafsson would be handed his much ballyhooed rematch of 2013's 'Fight of the Year.' Jones earned a narrow unanimous decision victory against Gustafsson in September at UFC 165 and fans have clamored to see the pair go again ever since. Cormier, who recently dispatched newcomer Patrick Cummins at UFC 170, is still looking to build his resume at 205.
Without much a claim at a light heavyweight title shot, Cormier said Saturday that Gustafsson being next in line shouldn't be a surprise. Additionally, Cormier plans to remain active rather than wait on a title shot, not likely until 2015. Doing a bit of matchmaking of his own, Cormier says he wouldn't be opposed to facing the winner of UFC 172's co-main event between Phil Davis and Anthony Johnson for the No. 1 contender spot.
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Big shoutout and thx to team @blackzilians they pushed me hard for this fight were going to the top nonstop— Michael Johnson (@FollowTheMenace) March 8, 2014
Thank you to everyone for all the support. Was happy to get the 3 rnds in and come away with the victory in my new weight class 💪👍— Brad Pickett (@One_Punch) March 9, 2014
Last night was Amazing... Me and Alex alexthemauler fought here in London in front 16000 people in... http://t.co/MAmO3do9kn— Ilir Latifi (@Latifimma) March 9, 2014
Big thanks to my opponent @MatsNilssonMMA a gentleman & V talented guy. congratulations on joining the UFC you'll be a FORCE here I'm sure.— Bigslow (@LukeBarnatt) March 9, 2014
I am a Jesus soldier.— Igor Araujo (@igoraraujojj) March 9, 2014
Better luck next time.
Thanks to all the fans for their support. Was a great crowd at the 02. My first loss and I learnt a lot. Thanks to my team and family also.— jimi manuwa (@POSTERBOYJM) March 9, 2014
Loved every minute of it thanks for the support— Neil 2 Tap Seery (@NeilSeeryMMA) March 8, 2014
Omari Akhmedov (@OMARI_MMA) March 9, 2014
Hat's off to @LukeBarnatt , the better man tonight.— Mats Nilsson (@MatsNilssonMMA) March 8, 2014
Me and forest. Brothers reunited pic.twitter.com/MG61MNiAs3— Bradley Scott (@Bradleyscott89) March 9, 2014
Thanks for the massive support! #UFCLondon was rockin' last night! Sat in the sun now having food then the long drive home— Danny Mitchell (@DannyAranha) March 9, 2014
Totally gutted good luck to @LouGaudinotUFC in the future.— Phil Harris ufc (@Philharrismma) March 8, 2014
I'm absolutely devastated that I can't fight tonight guys but I'll be back and thank you for all the support it means a lot!— Davey Grant (@DaveyGrantMMA) March 8, 2014
Thanks for all the support! Love you guys! Merci pour le soutien! Jvous kiffe!— Cyrille Diabaté (@CyrilleDiabate) March 9, 2014
Jus wanna say Thank you to my family,friends, & fans. I'm Officially Retiring from Professional Fighting today!— Jay Hieron (@Jayhieron) March 7, 2014
My first post-fight interview. They need work but this one was a good start thanks to my friend Louis. http://t.co/F4gzcZ9B92— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) March 9, 2014
Sent just a minute apart.
I see DC congratulating Alexander and making comments about waiting his turn now.. I wonder if they're afraid to fight each other?— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) March 9, 2014
People who don't like to think are quick to call me afraid. Think about it, I'm asking for the meanest of the two— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) March 9, 2014
@dc_mma hahaha hell! I was about to tell you my gp and still have my way with you! That's how confident I.am!!— Rashad Evans (@SugaRashadEvans) March 9, 2014
Joseph Benavidez (@JoeJitsu) March 8, 2014
Announced this weekend (Mar. 7-9 2014)
cancelled Sam Oropeza vs. Joe Riggs at Bellator 112
cancelled Jesse Juarez vs. Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 112
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Da Headbanger.
Another UFC event has passed... and there was actually more finishes than decisions! Considering the inordinate amount of decisions as of late, this was incredibly refreshing. Wait... you want the actual details of who fought and won? Well, I suppose that is why I type these things up so you win.
Alexander Gustafsson had very little trouble with dispatching an overmatched Jimi Manuwa and setting up a rematch of epic proportions. More details on that in a bit. Though the co-main event was a major stinker, the rest of the main card went as expected and produced some good action. In a change of scenery though, there doesn't seem to be a single controversy from the event. If you really want one I'll have to either make up something. But I just deal in facts, not opinions (wink). Though what to do with Gustafsson is obvious, there are more questions for the rest of the card. I'll fill ya in though.
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