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Morning Report: Alexander Gustafsson comments on 'childish' brawl between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

As you might imagine, Alexander Gustafsson wasn't impressed with Monday's display between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and top contender Daniel Cormier. Slated to face one another in the main event of UFC 178 on Sept. 27, Jones and Cormier captivated the MMA world with their shoving match at a media event being held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

"What can I say? I think it's childish at this level," Gustafsson told Swedish TV SVT Sport (via Google translate). "We are all professional and must be shown by example and represent the sport as best we can. Just think it's ridiculous."

Gustafsson says Jones can be 'annoying,' but that his behavior hasn't gotten to him.

"Yes, if you are receptive to such so far," said Gustafsson. "But he has never managed to come so just around me. I have never been affected by anything like that."

Undergoing a procedure to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee Tuesday, Gustafsson is anxious for another shot at Jones. Gustafsson dropped a close decision to Jones at UFC 165 this past September and was booked to challenge for the title again before being replaced by Cormier.

"I really want to have a title, have a chance again on the belt," said Gustafsson. "That's where my focus lies. It is my goal but right now my thoughts on becoming as strong as possible.

"I was very disappointed. A match against Jon Jones is something I really want. Everyone knows, everyone wants to see the game. It was certainly a setback."

UFC 178 takes place Sept. 27 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Sport or Spectacle? What we should take away from the Jones/DC debacle

I've read countless comments lamenting the actions of Jones & DC at the 178 media conference. Some blaming Jones for initiating contact, others DC for the escalation, but the theme everyone seems to agree on is that it shouldn't have happened. There seems to be this expectation or belief that somehow MMA is a sport comprised of individuals who all share a degree of professional upbringing and pedigree. They seem to believe MMA is somehow divorced from its roots and is simply a showing of two athletes putting their talents on display; but this just couldn't be further from the truth.

Fighting is not simply a set of tactics that two athletes employ, it is a philosophy, often closely related to the culture and social climate it formed in. MMA was born out of the question: "which martial art is superior?". Just consider that question for a minute. It's not a logical question, it's a pride question. This sport was born out of the raw pride and animalistic tendency that drives two guys to gut it out in a sand pit so one can say I'm better than you. At the end of the day, all the honor, focus and discipline ends in the same place, in the same way; two guys beating each other up until one quits or gets saved by the ref.

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