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Alexander Gustafsson: Jon Jones getting immediate title shot "wouldn't be fair"

Jon Jones crouches in his corner before facing Ovince Saint Preux in their interim UFC light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 197 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The future of Jon Jones’ MMA career may be up in the air, but the lingering impression is that the former pound-for-pound champion will get a title fight upon his return. Both light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and top contender Anthony Johnson expressed their displeasure with UFC president Dana White’s insinuation – and now you can add the man who pushed Jones to the limit to that list.

“It wouldn’t be fair, giving him a title shot,” Alexander Gustafsson said on The MMA Hour. “I’m not saying I’m going to get it. I’m just saying, after everything that happened, it’s not fair to other fighters too, who’ve been working their asses off and they’ve been fighting each other. So, not a title shot right away. Just give him a fun fight first and that’s it.”

Gustafsson gave Jones all he could handle at UFC 165 in 2013. Jones won a unanimous decision but was battered and bloodied by Gustafsson throughout the fight. Since the Jones loss, Gustafsson has gone 2-2 and recently pulled out a unanimous decision against Jan Blachowicz at UFC 203 after dropping back-to-back fights to Cormier and Johnson.

Jones has been sidelined with a temporary suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission for his failed UFC 200 drug test that saw the former champion pulled out of a title fight with Cormier three days before the event. Jones is set to attend a disciplinary hearing in October to see what punishment will be levied, if any. However, White stated that Jones did not take the supplements (Hydroxy-clomiphene & Letrozole) indicated on his failed drug test and the punishment could be lessened significantly.

Gustafsson is interested in being the one who welcomes Jones back to the UFC whenever he is able to return.

“I’m up for suggestions (for my next opponent), so why not?” Gustafsson said. “But let’s see what they say. I’m up for suggestions, so whatever they give me, I’m down with. A second fight with Jones, who knows. It’s going to be good though.”

As for Jones, he certainly does have his sights set on a title fight. However, the title he is interested in could be the UFC heavyweight title that Stipe Miocic defended Saturday at UFC 203. Jones has teased the possibility of moving up to the heavyweight division before, and now it appears that “Bones” is open to the opportunity should it present itself.

“If it was for the actual title I would totally do it,” Jones said on Twitter. “I’m starting to realize the hype is real with (Miocic). He’s legit, (it) would be the challenge of a lifetime.”

Perhaps Cormier, Johnson and Gustafsson have nothing to worry about after all.

Wednesday

UFC commentator Kenny Florian's younger brother found dead

Kirk Florian

In an unfortunate bit of news, the younger brother of UFC commentator Kenny Florian has passed away at the age of 33.

Kirk Andrew Florian had gone missing on Saturday and Kenny took to Twitter on Monday to ask if anyone had information about his brother’s whereabouts and suggested they contact the Dover Police Department in Delaware. He later deleted the message.

Apparently, Kirk passed away on Sunday as Kenny confirmed his passing on Instagram.

“Always loving. Always loved. Always my little brother Kiki. Kirk Andrew Florian 6/22/83-9/11/16,” Florian posted along with a picture of Kirk. “Thank you all for sharing his picture/information. Go tell your loved ones that you love them.”

There has been no further information regarding the circumstances surrounding Kirk’s death released by the Dover police as of press time.

Kenny Florian is currently a commentator for the UFC but had an impressive career fighting in the UFC. He was a finalist in the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter and unsuccessfully challenged for the UFC featherweight and lightweight championships. He retired from fighting in 2011 and took a position as a commentator with the UFC.

Kirk Florian looked to walk in his older brother’s footsteps and tried his hand at mixed martial arts. According to MixedMartialArts.com, he amassed a 3-0 amateur record and had his last fight in 2013.

Tuesday

Alexander Gustafsson says Jon Jones getting a light heavyweight title shot "wouldn't be fair" but Jones eyeballing fight with heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic

The future of Jon Jones’ MMA career may be up in the air, but the lingering impression is that the former pound for pound champion will be injected into a title fight upon his return. Both light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and top contender Anthony...

Alexander Gustafsson says Jon Jones getting a light heavyweight title shot "wouldn't be fair" but Jones eyeballing fight with heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic

Jon Jones crouches in his corner before facing Ovince Saint Preux in their interim UFC light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 197 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The future of Jon Jones’ MMA career may be up in the air, but the lingering impression is that the former pound for pound champion will be injected into a title fight upon his return. Both light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and top contender Anthony Johnson expressed their displeasure with Dana White’s insinuation and now you can add the man who pushed Jones to the limit to that list.

“It wouldn’t be fair, giving him a title shot,” Alexander Gustafsson said on The MMA Hour. “I’m not saying I’m going to get it. I’m just saying, after everything that happened, it’s not fair to other fighters too, who’ve been working their asses off and they’ve been fighting each other. So, not a title shot right away. Just give him a fun fight first and that’s it.”

Gustafsson gave Jones all he could handle at UFC 165 in 2013. Jones won a unanimous decision but was battered and bloodied by Gustafsson throughout the fight. Since the Jones loss, Gustafsson has gone 2-2 and recently pulled out a unanimous decision against Jan Blachowicz at UFC 203 after dropping back-to-back fights to Cormier and Johnson.

Jones has been sidelined with a temporary suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission while he waits for the outcome from his failed UFC 200 drug test that saw the former champion pulled out of a title fight with Cormier three days before UFC 200. Jones is set to attend a disciplinary hearing in October to see what punishment will be levied, if any. However, UFC President Dana White stated that Jones did not take the supplements (Hydroxy-clomiphene & Letrozole) indicated on his failed drug test and the punishment could be lessened significantly.

Gustafsson is interested in being the one who welcomes Jones back to the UFC whenever he is able to return.

“I’m up for suggestions (for my next opponent), so why not?” Gustafsson said. “But let’s see what they say. I’m up for suggestions, so whatever they give me, I’m down with. A second fight with Jones, who knows. It’s going to be good though.”

As for Jones, he certainly does have his sights set on a title fight. However, the title he is interested in could be the UFC heavyweight title that Stipe Miocic defended over the weekend against Alistair Overeem. Jones has teased the possibility of moving up to the heavyweight division before, and now it appears that “Bones” is interested in the opportunity should it present itself.

“If it was for the actual title I would totally do it,” Jones said on Twitter. “I’m starting to realize the hype is real with (Miocic). He’s legit, (it) would be the challenge of a lifetime.”

Perhaps Cormier, Johnson and Gustafsson have nothing to worry about after all.

Monday

Saturday

Fabricio Werdum defeats Travis Browne in bizarre fight that saw a near-brawl between corners

  The heavyweight fight between Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne may have been respectful for fifteen minutes. But after the final bell is when the bad blood spilled into the cage and a brawl between corners nearly commenced. Werdum, who would...

Fabricio Werdum defeats Travis Browne in bizarre fight that saw a near-brawl between corners

 

The heavyweight fight between Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne may have been respectful for fifteen minutes. But after the final bell is when the bad blood spilled into the cage and a brawl between corners nearly commenced.

Werdum, who would win the fight by unanimous decision, engaged in a heated war of words with Browne’s coach Edmond Tarverdyan (who also trains Ronda Rousey) before Bruce Buffer announced the result. The former heavyweight champion punctuated the argument with a swift front kick to Tarverdyan’s chest. Both corners spilled into the middle of the Octagon ready for battle while Werdum went into a fighting stance.

Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed as both corners were escorted out of the cage and the decision was finally read. The near melee was part of a bizarre fight that saw Werdum open the bout with a jumping sidekick to Browne’s face. Later in the first round, Browne attempted to block a Werdum punch. Immediately after he parried, Browne turned away in pain from what appeared to be a dislocated finger. The Hawaiian heavyweight attempted to call a time out to referee Gary Copeland but was met with a left hook from the Brazilian.

Copeland finally paused the fight and brought a doctor in to check on Browne’s injured hand and ultimately allowed the fight to continue. The issue with this was that an injury due to a legal move should have resulted in a TKO victory for Werdum under the unified rules of MMA. However, that wouldn’t happen and the fight continued and saw Werdum claim the decision victory with scores of 30-27, 29-28 & 29-27.

It was Werdum’s first victory since losing his heavyweight title to Stipe Miocic in May while Browne dropped his second consecutive fight and has now lost three of his last four.

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