Doing his part in making sure that the rematch with Jon Jones goes down is Alexander Gustafson. He decimated Jimi Manuwa at UFC Fight Night, guaranteeing himself the next title shot. Jones responded on Twitter by stating that he would like for Gustafsson to fight Daniel Cormier and then Jones gets the winner. When I first saw that, I got mad instantly. I cannot stand it when champions try to arrange who they will fight. That is not your job. Your job is to fight who your boss tells you to fight. I think, as a champion, you should have that mentality. After I calmed down and started to think rationally, I thought it was a pretty good idea.
For one, instead of just getting a big fight between Jones and Gustafsson, we now get two big fights. Not to mention, Cormier has been pining for a title shot, but still has not beat a top-10 opponent in the light heavyweight division. This could be Cormier’s chance to really stake his claim as the No. 1 contender. It would also give Gustafsson a chance to really build the rivalry between himself and Jones; the UFC could do a piece about how he fought everyone just to get his rematch, spice it up with some knockouts, and boom, you got your intro and a huge fight.
The only downside of this would be Gustafsson having to fight a serious killer after he was guaranteed another title shot. Is it fair? No, not really. But when has anything been fair in the UFC? Look at all of the injuries and shifted fight cards that the fans get every new event. I would not mind seeing Cormier and Gustafsson battle it out to fight Jones. I do not know if it is going to happen, but if it does, I think that UFC would be in a win-win situation.