It's pretty clear that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones doesn't want to fight Alexander Gustafsson for a second time after walking away with a razor-thin and controversial decision win over the Swede last year. First, Jones didn't grant the automatic rematch to Gustafsson that was warranted and then he had the gall to suggest that Gustafsson should have to win two consecutive fights to earn the right to challenge him once more.
A lot of fighters in Gustafsson's position might pick up the trash talk at this point but the soft-spoken contender doesn't seem interested in doing that. He'll readily admit that Jones does not seem to want to fight him but the Nordic fighter won't attribute that to simple fear in "Bones."
"The thing is he knows - he knows I'm a really bad matchup for him. He knows that," Gustafsson said in a recent FoxSports interview.
"I don't think Jones is scared or he's trying to run or anything like that. He just knows that I'm a really bad matchup and he knows that we will fight one day. He knows that, but he's trying to avoid it as long as he can."
Jones fights Glover Teixeira later this month in defense of his 205-pound belt. Gustafsson is picking Jones to win but, whomever walks away with the belt, he expects to be the next man to step in the cage with them.
"It feels great, I can't wait," Gustafsson said about getting another title shot next.
"The future looks very good and I'm very excited."