Top UFC Light Heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson tells BE Sport that champion Jon Jones "does what it takes to not fight me" following their brutal split decision at UFC 165.
Alexander Gustafsson gave Jon Jones by far the sternest test of the young champion's UFC career last year at UFC 165. Now he tells BE Sport (transcribed by MMA Fighting) that the champ doesn't want to have a rematch:
"If I look at Jones' perspective I don't think that's strange, because he tries to avoid me. Everyone can see that. I can see that. He does what it takes to not fight me. For myself, it doesn't make any sense. I think DC is a great fighter. I respect him and I think he's a top contender, but I think he has to have another fight or two before he will fight for the title. The only thing that makes sense, in my mind, is me versus Jones next. I want him to beat Glover Teixeira, because I want to take the belt from Jon Jones."
Jones faces Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 in April in Baltimore. Gustafsson is coming off an impressive KO win over Jimi Manuwa in London.