Alexander Gustafsson has a shot at becoming a UFC champion later this year, but not without an asterisk.
"Whoever is holding the belt is the official champion, but everybody knows that the best guy out there is Jon Jones," Gustafsson told Fightland. "He's the pound for pound best guy in the world and you can probably only consider yourself a real world champion if you beat him."
Still haunted by his unanimous decision loss to Jones at UFC 165, Gustafsson is holding out hope for another crack.
"The fight that everybody wants to see is a rematch with me and Jones," said Gustafsson. "Let's see what happens but I'm ready for that, it's the fight that has been motivating me. I think it's a fight that is going to happen one day, for sure."
As for now, the Swede will have his hands full with Cormier.
No date or venue has been set for the light heavyweight title bout, but Gustafsson says he's 'already in camp and it's 13 weeks out from the fight.' That would mean the weekend of Sept. 5, the weekend currently slated to host UFC 191 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Despite Cormier's wrestling pedigree, Gustafsson says he won't shy away from grappling the two-time Olympian.
"I think he's very confident with his striking, he's obviously a very high caliber athlete," said Gustafsson. "He's got a lot of belief in himself and I'm expecting him to trade with me a little bit, I certainly don't think he's going to be afraid to stand up with me or anything like that. I kind of feel the same about his wrestling.
"Wrestling is all about taking you[sic] opportunities when different situations unfold. If I find myself in the right situation against Cormier, I'll use my wrestling too. We'll have to see what happens, this is an MMA fight and anything can happen."
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