UFC light heavyweight contenders Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson appear ready to face off inside the Octagon.
While Gustafsson wanted to wait and cash in on his title rematch, “The Mauler” seems to be content with taking on Johnson in a likely No. 1 contender match.
“Anthony Johnson, there is no one hiding from anyone here,” Gustafsson posted in a message. “We are both professional fighters and fighting is what we do for a living. I know it is frustrating not getting response when you are challenging someone, therefor, I will not turn you down.
“I will be fully recovered within a couple of weeks so anytime in January and forward I will be ready to fight YOU.
“Now it is up to the UFC to put this fight together, I can’t wait to sign the bout agreement my friend and show you what Battlefield feels like.”
Johnson returned to the UFC earlier this year, scoring a decision over Phil Davis. He followed that performance up with a finish of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
“(Gustafsson) thank you for accepting this fight,” Johnson replied. “Much respect first and foremost now let’s give the fans what they deserve. A REAL FIGHT!
“Hope your recovery is going well my friend. See you soon.”
“Rumble” is on an eight-fight win streak that dates back to his first run with the UFC. He lost to Vitor Belfort in 2012 and was cut for missing weight once again. Johnson bounced around promotions and weight classes before settling on 205 and a return to the UFC.
Gustafsson, meanwhile, was set to face Jon Jones for the title this month before an injury knocked him out of commission. That provided Daniel Cormier an opening, but “Bones” went down with his own injury and pushed the title fight to January.
The Swede is 16-2, including a decision loss last September to Jones. He rebounded with a second round stoppage win vs. Jimi Manuwa this past March, his eighth UFC victory.
The Jones-Cormier bout is set for UFC 182 January 3 from Las Vegas.