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Morning Report: Alexander Gustafsson details knee injury, believes Jon Jones will edge out Daniel Cormier

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Replaced by Daniel Cormier in his title challenge to UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Alexander Gustafsson explains the injury that took him out of the biggest fight of his career.

"I was sparring and I felt my knee pop twice, but it didn't hurt, it just felt strange," Gustafsson told UFC.com. "I finished training and came home and then I woke up the next morning and I could barely walk on my right leg. Then I felt the knee right away."

Gustafsson will undergo surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee, followed by a rehabilitation stint that could last between five to six weeks, according to his doctor.

"I'm disappointed I can't fight, but this is not the end, it's just the beginning," said Gustafsson. "I'm going to come back much stronger."

Making it his dream to take the strap off Jones himself, Gustafsson isn't shy about hoping Jones survives another title challenger.

"It's an interesting matchup," Gustafsson said. "Both are great athletes and it's going to be a tough fight for sure. But Jones has his height and reach advantage over DC, so I think that will be the key thing in this fight. I think Jones by decision.

"I really want to fight him."

Jon Jones defends his light heavyweight title against Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 178 Sept. 27 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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