UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones isn’t running from Alexander Gustafsson.
Jones, ever a student of the game, re-watched his fight with Gustafsson many times and feels he easily won the fight.
So, it doesn’t matter if others disagree and feel “The Mauler” should be granted an immediate rematch.
This isn’t the same kind of situation as when Frankie Edgar defeated BJ Penn.
Or when Chris Weidman stunned Anderson Silva.
Here, the champion retained his title – whether you agreed with the decision or not, “Bones” left the Air Canada Centre with the belt.
So why shouldn’t he move on to the next challenger?
Is this just a case of “whatever move Jon Jones makes will be the wrong one in the public eye?”
I’m starting to believe that.
Look at when the lightweight title was tied up with rematches between Edgar and Penn, Edgar and Gray Maynard, and Edgar and Benson Henderson. Everybody complained about challengers piling up and new faces not getting their shots.
Now, Jones goes out and survives a grueling five-round affair with Gustafsson. I had him winning the fight, taking three rounds to two by the challenger. Yes, it was close, and yes, Gustafsson should secure another shot.
But only with a win.
Cain Velasquez was unbeaten when he suffered a quick knockout loss to Junior dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight title. It was reported, and confirmed, that Velasquez was seriously injured in the fight.
Did he earn an immediate rematch?
Nope, he had to go out and take out Antonio Silva.
Velasquez did it the hard way, and Gustafsson will do – and that only makes sense.
Glover Teixeira is unbeaten in his UFC career and riding an incredible 20-fight win streak. He entered his match with Ryan Bader recently knowing a convincing victory would secure him a future crack at the belt.
What did Teixeira do? He finished Bader, one of the same opponents Jones stopped on his way to securing a championship match.
The UFC is making the right move by moving on. It’s plain and simple.
Gustafsson isn’t going anywhere, and Jones has even stated he plans to square off with him soon again.
People will scream conspiracy now just because they have an outlet. Good for the UFC in not giving in and doing what the champion wanted.
Plus, the UFC is a business and pairing the two in separate fights early in 2014 leads to the eventual rematch…..maybe around the Fourth of July in Vegas? Yeah, that wouldn’t do to well…….