UFC light heavyweight title contender and former two time title challenger, Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson twice came agonisingly close to getting his hands on UFC gold. He pushed two of the best light heavyweights of all time Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier to their absolute limits and only fell short to really close decision losses. He particularly took Jon ‘Bones’ Jones to the extreme in their title fight. Many fans and pundits alike still argue that Gustafsson actually won the fight and that the judges’ got their decision wrong. In a recent podcast interview, the Swede claimed that beating an icon like Jones is an even greater achievement than winning the title itself.
Gustafsson recently made an appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast. Here’s what he had to say about Jones:
It does [put the belt in limbo], I didn’t see that super fight coming at all. It’s a great fight for them and for the fans and for the sport but for us standing in line, we’re just sitting there waiting for an opportunity and it’s not gonna come, it’s not gonna be there.
I had my eyes on that gold, I actually counted on fighting DC but then it was all gone by him going up to Stipe. It’s a crazy situation. The whole division is crazy right now. We don’t even know if he comes back. Who knows what happens in that fight. . . DC s a really good heavyweight so who knows what happens.
I’m telling you, that guy is such a beast, it’s so stupid because he’s the best guy, pound-for-pound out there. He’s done things nobody else has done. He’s just a beast and still, s**t just comes up all the time. He doesn’t even need that steroid. He doesn’t need that s**t in him. He’s still the best guy out there.
Fighting him and beating him, that’s bigger than taking the belt right now, that’s how I feel, Look at what he did to DC. And DC is tough. He finished DC. That’s just insane.
You can watch the video from the podcast below: