UFC 232 headliner Alexander Gustafsson admits that his immediate future may lie a division above light-heavyweight after he sustained his second loss to Jon Jones last weekend.
And in truth, it was a pretty comprehensive loss to a man who could well be the greatest talent the sport has ever seen.
But it would still no doubt be the toughest defeat for the Swede to get to terms with in his career to date given the fact that it has been five years since their first meeting. For five long years, he has been forced to sit and mull over that narrow loss but now, their rivalry has been emphatically shut out by ‘Bones’.
Speaking to MMAJunkie, Gus left the door open to staying at 205lbs but admitted that the heavyweight division is something that he has his eyes on.
“Let’s see what’s next. Like always, you do this for a reason, and it’s to compete with the best guys out there, and that’s what I’ll do. I will do it as long as I think it’s fun.”
“Yeah, of course. The heavyweight division is also an alternative. I’m here to fight, either if it’s at light heavy or heavy. I have to talk to my coaches and see what’s next.”
“It meant everything to me. This is not football or tennis we’re practising – it’s pure fighting, and every fight is life-changing for you. It’s a big setback for me losing to Jon again, but at the end of the day, it’s a sport, and we do this because we love it.”
At 6’5″, the Swede would be in no way undersized for the division. Sure, he could always pack on a few extra pounds of muscle to even the playing field a bit but in terms of size, length and sheer athleticism, ‘The Mauler’ well and truly is a specimen.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena