Former UFC light heavyweight title contender and MMA veteran Alexander Gustafsson shocked everyone by announcing his retirement in his hometown of Stockholm, Sweden after losing to Anthony Smith at UFC Fight Night 153. His former opponent and the current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has now given his reaction to Gustafsson’s retirement.
Jones had previously defeated Gustafsson twice. Gustafsson later announced his retirement in the beginning of June, 2019 after losing to Smith in the main event of UFC Stockholm.
Jones in a recent interview given to ESPN for promoting his upcoming fight against Thiago Santos at UFC 239, talked about his former Swedish opponent and also gave his opinions on his retirement. Jones said that he feels Alexander could have fought longer and would have defeated 80-85% fighters in the division, but retired due to a ‘mental thing’. Here’s what he had to say:
It was surprising, yes. I feel bad because I feel like he has more fight left in him. He beats 80% of the division, maybe 85% of the division. I hope it’s just a little mental thing he’s going through, that he’s going to get over and come back. Him being out of the game is doing the sport (and injustice). I would imagine he’s going to get back on his feet, brush himself off and come back.