Recently, much has been made about Jon Jones’ next fight. Is he going to give the fans what they want and step into the Octagon against Alexander Gustafsson again? Does he have his sights set on the red-hot Daniel Cormier who has been very vocal in calling out Jones? Right now the answer is unclear, but I can assure you that whoever Jones fights, it’ll be a damn good fight and the fans will win either way.
This week Dana White said that Jones doesn’t want to fight Gustafsson. That can be taken in two ways:
1. Jones is afraid to fight Gustafsson, because Gustafsson damn near beat him back in September.
2. Jones has already beaten Gustafsson, and now he wants to silence the vociferous Cormier who keeps publicly challenging Jones. He wants to vanquish a new foe.
I have a hard time buying into the notion that Jones is afraid of Gustafsson. That’s not a knock against Gustafsson, it’s just my belief that Jones fears no one, and nor should he. Jones is already the best Light Heavyweight fighter in the history of the UFC and the UFC’s youngest ever champion. He displays a rare combination of athleticism and discipline in the Octagon and has steamrolled his way to the top. And come on, his elbows are just plain filthy.
I graduated from Syracuse University, so I have a soft spot in my heart for Jones, who hails from nearby Rochester and currently lives in Ithaca. Maybe that makes me a little biased, but I don’t really care. Can anyone really tell me with a straight face that he or she be disappointed to see a Jones vs. Cormier matchup? No. I didn’t think so.
And if he takes the rematch with Gustafsson, then great! All the talking heads, prognosticators, and fans get what they want: the most highly-anticipated UFC rematch in recent memory. I’ve always been a fan of drama (to some degree), so this is kind of entertaining. But instead of massively blowing this situation out of proportion, let’s just be thankful that us, as fans, are in a win-win situation with either outcome.