When it comes to making fights the fans want to see, the UFC has a tendency to grant the fans’ wishes no matter how absurd the situation is. That is one thing that has allowed the UFC to grow into the MMA giant that it is today. They made Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen and Nick Diaz vs. Georges St. Pierre mainly because the fans wanted to see it happen. So why is it so hard for them to make the Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson rematch happen?
The answer to the aforementioned question has been plastered all over the Internet over the past week. Jones claims he wants to fight Daniel Cormier, who is a top contender in the division, instead of Gustafsson. A Jones/ Cormier bout is one fans wouldn’t mind seeing if Gustafsson was out of the picture, but that is not the case at the current moment.
Fans love a nice battle and the bout between Jones and Gustafsson was a war. If Jones had defeated Gustafsson convincingly, one could understand why he wouldn’t want a rematch. Considering so many people claim he actually lost that fight, he should be amped up and ready to go to war once again.
Regardless of Jones’ reasoning behind attempting to duck Gustafsson, Dana White needs to make the fight happen. If the fans want to see it, then they deserve to see it. The first fight was controversial, so it is time to settle the score. It’s certain White’s openness about the situation is a ploy to get Jones to finally sign the contract, but he needs to do whatever it takes.
If Jones doesn’t agree to defend the belt, a Cormier/Gustafsson fight may be the only way to go.