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Morning Report: Alexander Gustafsson unimpressed with Anthony Johnson, 'Rumble' responds

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

In addition to telling Swedish outlet Expressen he's willing to wait years for a guaranteed title shot with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in Sweden, Alexander Gustafsson weighed in on his next likely opponent. In August, UFC president Dana White hinted at the prospect of Gustafsson keeping busy by fighting the resurgent Anthony Johnson, but the Swede isn't impressed with 'Rumble.'

"I have fought both worse and better opponents," said Gustafsson. "Had that fight taken me somewhere I had been the first to accept."

Johnson called Gustafsson out last week, saying there weren't any other options available for either man and that it's a fight the fans are 'begging for.'

"Since his return to the UFC after being kicked, he has beaten Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, who passed its [expiration] date a long time ago, and Phil Davis," said Gustafsson. "He needs at least a couple wins more.

"We are not in the playground anymore, it's not about who is the toughest, it's about my career, I want to have a long and successful career. You have to think tactically and you can't just go in and swing against the first best opponent."

Responding to Gustafsson's comments, Johnson says play time is over.

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