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Alexander Gustafsson to Sit Out Until He Receives a Title Shot

Alexander Gustafsson to Sit Out Until He Receives a Title Shot

The manager of UFC Light Heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson has announced that his charge will “not get passed by” — and the man they call “The Mauler” will sit out from UFC competition until he receives a title shot.

Manos Terzitane appeared on UFC Tonight to declare Gustafsson will “not accept any other fight than to be next in line for the title.”

Gustafsson was originally scheduled to battle Jon Jones for the UFC Light Heavyweight title in September, but was forced off the show due to a knee injury.

He was to be replaced by Daniel Cormier, but when Jones suffered an ankle injury, that bout was postponed to January 2015.

Gustafsson maintains that he should be the one fighting Jones. “It was my fight to begin with,” he boasted in a recent Facebook post, “and I want the fight as number one contender!” He describes Jones and Cormier, in their recent scuffle between Cormier and Jones at a Las Vegas press event, as “acting like clowns.”

Last year, Alexander Gustafsson entered the cage against UFC Light Heavyweight Jon Jones a +700 underdog, but he took the champion to the limit in a five-round classic. Jones earned a controversial decision victory, which had many hoping to see an immediate rematch. The bout, and this observer’s scoring of it, is recalled here.

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