Alexander Gustaffson is waiting on a solid offer from the UFC for his comeback.
“There’s been some discussions, but nothing that really I count on,” he today said on the “JRE MMA Show,” UFC commentator Joe Rogan’s video podcast. “It’s just been up in the air and I’m just waiting for something on the table that makes sense. I’m ready to go, man.”
The two-time UFC light heavyweight title challenger said he’s fully recovered from a shoulder surgery that forced him to the sidelines this past year. Although not booked for a fight, he’s currently training in anticipation of a call from his promoter.
The issue currently facing Gustafsson (18-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) is what opponent makes sense for his return. With light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) booked for a superfight against heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic (18-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) in July, and now ex-champ Jon Jones’ (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC) case with USADA still not resolved, there aren’t many opponents who make sense to the 31-year-old Swede.
Gustafsson, the No. 5 fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings, was caught off guard by Cormier’s sudden move, which ultimately delayed his title plans after a pair of wins put him back in line for the No. 1 contender position.
“I wish I had an answer to that right now, but I really don’t,” Gustafsson said when asked whom he’d like to fight next. “It just has to be a meaningful offer, it has to be something I feel, ‘This is right, this is what I want.’ I feel like in my position, in my career right now, every fight has to mean something.
“It could be something else too (besides Jones or Cormier rematches), but it has to feel right. It has to be something meaningful. Something good. Everybody knows when I’m stepping up into that octagon I’m going to perform and I’m going to make a show. I’m looking for that gold. That’s all I’m seeing.”
Gustafsson would take extraordinary measures to get a rematch with Jones, who outpointed him five years ago in a “Fight of the Year” winner. Jones faces up to a four year suspension with USADA for his second anti-doping offense under the UFC’s anti-doping program.
“If he doesn’t come back, maybe I fight him in boxing,” Gustafsson said. “It’s bigger than winning the belt.”
But ultimately, the UFC title is Gustafsson’s focus as he returns to the octagon. He just needs an opponent who provides a bridge to that goal.
“The only fight that makes sense for me right now is fighting top guys,” he said. “I can’t look back. I can’t look down. I have to look up.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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