It appears Alexander Gustafsson has his next opponent in mind.
Gustafsson is fresh off of a third-round TKO loss to Jon Jones in the main event of UFC 232. It was their rematch five years in the making in which Jones got the better of Gustafsson. Even with the loss, Gustafsson looks ready to return as speaking on Instagram, he would like to fight Corey Anderson who also fought on UFC 232.
“Corey everyone else at the top is taken. I am eager to get right back inside the cage and you just had a good fight with my brother, so I think it’s the perfect time for us to throw down,” Gustafsson wrote on Instagram. “Let’s dance on the London card March 16th.”
The fight makes sense given the fact that Gustafsson is currently ranked second in the light heavyweight division while Anderson is sixth. Anderson wanted a title shot but it appears that will be going to Anthony Smith at UFC 235, meaning Anderson may very well need to win one more fight.
If Anderson can defeat Gustafsson there is no question he deserves the next title shot. Especially given the fact he beat Gustafsson’s friend and teammate in Ilir Latifi at UFC 232. Ultimately, if Gustafsson comes out on top, it is the start of him working his way back up to a title shot, but the good news it appears is that Gustafsson wants to remain active.
Prior to his fight against Jones, his last two fights were in May of 2017 and then in September of 2016. Meaning, Gustafsson is fairly inactive. In the end, this fight makes too much sense not to happen, As well, it would be a fun fight for the fans in attendance and watching.
Here is the UFC London fight card as it currently stands:
Volkan Oezdemir (15-3) vs. Dominick Reyes (10-0)
Priscila Cachoeira (8-1) vs. Molly McCann (7-2)
Jack Marshman (22-8) vs. John Phillips (21-8)
Danny Roberts (16-3) vs. Claudio Silva (12-1)
Saparbek Safarov (8-2) vs. Gokhan Saki (1-2)