"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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Dana White (@danawhite) July 24, 2014
There is no update on Anderson vs Diaz. Anderson can't fight till Feb. Lorenzo and I have not even talked to Anderson.— Dana White (@danawhite) July 24, 2014
You slick son of a gun @JonnyBones I must have followed you when I 1st started fighting. Hats off to you. I'm gonna beat that ass Sept 27th— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) July 25, 2014
Luke Rockhold (@LukeRockhold) July 24, 2014
Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 24, 2014
Patrick Holohan (@PaddyHolohanMMA) July 24, 2014
Get well soon.
Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) July 25, 2014
For those of you looking for a pregnancy workout.
Guess Cowboys needle got stuck at 640k http://t.co/71h2NRpnOO— Mike Kogan (@MikeKogan) July 25, 2014
Officially 170 @ Pechenga http://t.co/xi2JPKTIFj— phil baroni (@philbaroni) July 25, 2014
What happens in Vegas.
Sobre aquela noite. Vou contar o que aconteceu entre eu e @pedrorocha93 em vegas Ops o que acontece em vegas fica em. pic.twitter.com/vgf9rZ63NK— william patolino (@williampatolino) July 25, 2014
Claudia Gadelha (@ClaudiaGadelha_) July 24, 2014
I can't believe someone would do this to my Range Rover!! In my home city of Seattle too! Really... http://t.co/fPSCiVQmPr— Miesha Tate (@MieshaTate) July 25, 2014
Just found out the guy in highschool that said weed isn't a gateway drug in his report on why weed should be legal is a meth head— Forrest Griffin (@ForrestGriffin) July 25, 2014
So grateful I didn't poop during those sprints --- it's the little things— Michelle Ould (@MichelleOuldMMA) July 25, 2014
War Machine (@WarMachine170) July 25, 2014
Announced yesterday (Jul. 24 2014)
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via HerrDannyboy.
We start off the festivities with a massive UFC 162 media tour.
This event is clearly one of the most hyped in recent history - And I can't wait for it!
After being fined $50,000 for skipping out on media obligations in June, Anderson decides that from now on, he'll be candid and cheeky with the media.
The champ also went on UFC tonight and was interviewed by his former Tennille to his Captain, the self-proclaimed, unparalleled, unsurpassed, original Gangster from West Lin, Chael P. Sonnen.
What could have turned out to be one of the most awkward interviews in the history of the world turned out amazing as Sonnen and Silva played well off each other (Like a good old PBnJ, Andy and Chael just fit together).
Some gems include Anderson feigning not knowing who GSP is and Sonnen asking Silva the following questions:
"Anderson, if I promise not to cheat and not to quit when I am hurt... will you give me a rematch?"
"Anderson, based upon your firsthand knowledge of both: Am I a worse fighter... than Steve Seagal is an actor?"
Likewise, the production value and story behind this event's UFC Countdown show were simply amazing.
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