Gustafsson pushed Jones in the Octagon harder than anyone and while he stumbled making it back to him, the Swede wanted to earn his own title by taking it off his chief rival.
"Me personally, I want Jones to win, because I want to fight him," Gustafsson told MMA Fighting in December. "If I want to take the belt from anyone, it would be Jones. Not DC."
With those plans looking pretty grim, Gustafsson now feels robbed of the chance to truly become a legitimate champion.
"I want to say that he is the best guy in the world, he is the champion and he is the best pound for pound, no doubt about that," Gustafsson posted in a video to Facebook (via http://mmasucka.com/). "It's also very tragic because all of the fighters are working very hard to get to that position to face him for the title and to become the world champion.
"So, he hasn't lost that title from competition; he lost it because he did stupid things. Even if I go up there and I compete and I win the world title, it's not the same because you want to get that belt from the best guy in the world, so I think it's very tragic."
Calling the situation 'very tragic for the sport, for Jones and for the UFC,' Gustafsson said he would 'only wish that [Jones] will get better and learn from this."
"I think [UFC] did the right thing," Gustafsson said. "That was the only thing that they could have done, because so many things Jon Jones has been doing and he's been getting away with stuff, so how far can he go? It doesn't do him a favor doing that. This is a favor to him. That you show that this is not acceptable, that you can't continue doing this while you're having the world title. You have to represent the sport well, you have to be a role model for young kids. You're the ambassador for the sport globally basically."
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Chat Wrap. Luke Thomas discusses Jon Jone's future, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao and more in this week's live chat.
Brian Stann isn't too surprised.
Dana White on talks Jones, Floyd vs. Manny and then go into some sort of money booth.
Highlights from Luis 'Buscape' Firmino vs. Uros Jurisic on TUF.
Jones in the courtroom.
Bisping finally made it.
@TeamKhabib karma is a bitch hope that disability pays well!!!— Anthony Pettis (@Showtimepettis) April 30, 2015
@TeamKhabib all that shit talking and you're that's karma my friend— Michael (@TeamRocBiggie) April 30, 2015
Training my ass of, and will continue to train my ass off! Work through injuries, good days and the... https://t.co/xGLdwFElBW— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) April 30, 2015
Odd man out.
To everyone asking, no word yet. My preference is to fight winner of AJ - DC make it 5 wins in a row and get the belt. Let's make it happen— Ryan Bader (@ryanbader) April 29, 2015
Glover 2 fight losing streak, Gus kod by potential champ last fight, Rashad out, I have 4 fight win streak, 3 over top ten Feijao OSP Davis— Ryan Bader (@ryanbader) April 29, 2015
More Jones reactions.
Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) April 29, 2015
Enjoying some down time! Sad to hear about @JonnyBones! Hope he makes a strong comeback— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) April 29, 2015
Proud of the @UFC for stripping Jones of the title. It's the right thing to do and I think it's the only way for him to fix his ways.— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) April 29, 2015
Crazy news about jon Jones. I wonder how this is all gonna play out stay tuned. I'm in the thick of it when I get back from surgery— jimi manuwa (@POSTERBOYJM) April 29, 2015
The rankings are still wrong.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 29, 2015
The world is mine.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 29, 2015
Go hold your breath for 10 minutes, then I'll tell you. https://t.co/MuZCbtr2Jk— Chael Sonnen (@sonnench) April 29, 2015
Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) April 30, 2015
Fighters like fabiomaldonadocaipiradeaco are good 4 the sport. Be a man fight like a man.. https://t.co/0bFwHEsaqZ— Quinton Jackson (@Rampage4real) April 29, 2015
Haha man right! I'm just ignoring them. UFC is not boxing,we don't always get to pic who we fight. https://t.co/TDBKgFCeX0— Quinton Jackson (@Rampage4real) April 29, 2015
Announced yesterday (April 29 2015)
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via tigerlee.
While much of the talent is under the UFC banner and Bellator and WSOF have seemed to scoop up the best of the rest, there is still plenty of talent yet to be signed by the top promotions of the MMA food chain. These are not necessarily 'free agents' or even prospects, they are top 100 ranked fighters who are navigating the nebulous seas of regional and international fight promotion for whatever reason.
Top ranked Ben Askren (#12) and Luis Santos (#54) were set to engage in a pretty major fight as far as regionals go, but an eye poke by Askren fizzled the bout with a no-contest in the first round. Despite all the finger pointing, no pun intended, ONE Championship will likely rebook the title fight as soon as possible.
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