It looks like the Jones-Gustafssson II talk will be cooling off considerably, now that “Bones” has informed the UFC that he wants to throw down with Glover Teixeira next. Although fans of “The Mauler” may be disappointed, Teixeira could also pose some interesting challenges for Jones as well.
So why did Jones ultimately decide to fight Teixeira next? Rather than Gustafssson? Shortly after UFC 165, UFC President Dana White certainly sounded open to an immediate rematch?
Well, in the latest edition of “UFC Tonight”, commentator Ariel Helwani relayed the following news from Jones, before the UFC announced it was going with Teixeira.
“He told me he did not break his foot. It’s just a deep bruise and he should be good to go in a few weeks. Right after the fight he thought the most-fair thing to do was to grant Alexander Gustafsson a rematch. Now, after watching the fight over ten more (times), Jones thinks he decisively won rounds two, four and five and that he decisively won the fight, so the most-fair thing to do is to move on.”
Interesting no? Considering the consensus seems to be that it was a very competitive bout. It should also be noted that Jones did relay to ESPN that he intends to grant Gustafsson a rematch, and that he views their UFC 165 battle as a “blemish” on his record.
So, it looks like next spring is already shaping up rather nicely: Jones-Teixeira, Gustafsson-?, and maybe even Cruz-Barao?
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