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Midnight Mania! McGregor to Khabib: ‘If You Pull Out, May God Have Mercy on Your Soul’

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At the very watched press conference today, an agitated Conor McGregor dropped his best verbal lines on Khabib Nurmagomedov, promoted his new whiskey brand, shouted and postured and glared and made some geopolitical commentary about real-life murderous dictators that seemed possibly unsafe in a sporting context. He bragged and threatened, offered Khabib whiskey for his ‘birthday’ (which the Dagestani turned down, saying he doesn’t drink), pointed out that Khabib’s manager Ali Abelaziz has an abandoned son, Noah. McGregor did his research.

None of it seemed to get to Khabib even a little bit, until McGregor mentioned that Khabib better not pull out of the bout. Khabib has a history of injury that has kept him out of the Octagon for years at a time. He and former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson have four cancelled bouts between them, two of them a result of Nurmagomedov withdrawing from the bout. He has pulled out of two scheduled fights with Donald Cerrone, so McGregor’s comment seemed to hit a raw nerve. You can skip to 54:45 above and watch the exchange.

I hope so, because if you pull out, like you always do pull out, may God have mercy on your soul, trust me on that.

Khabib: Woah, woah. Who pulls out?

McGregor: You, you little pullout merchant.

Khabib went back to re-litigating the day McGregor threw a dolly at the bus Nurmagomedov was sitting on, asking why McGregor didn’t send a message to face him one on one. McGregor responded by re-iterating that Khabib sat on the bus taking a shit while McGregor assaulted it.

It was a wild time had by all.


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Khabib Nurmagomedov

You still have to feel sorry that Nicco Montano didn’t get to cash in a fight as champion, but Valentina Shevchenko vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk is the best fight that could be made in the 125-lb. division.

Dustin Poirier had an idea for his fight with Nate Diaz, and it is a good idea, but welterweight would need to be moved to 175.

Georges St. Pierre thought this was hilarious.

They gambled and didn’t win

Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone doing what he does, barefoot’n on the water.

This guy just walked up and threw a jumping switchkick.

Michael Trator is a lightweight, but the man is rolling with middleweight Paulo Costa.

The people making fun of Jon Jones online after the snitching story are out in droves

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l The undisputed GOAT

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Throwback Thursday

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So are the fighters and former fighters flaming Jones for being a snitch.

Tom Lawlor also flamed USADA and the UFC in general.

So did Khabib, or whoever is running his account.

RIP to Glenn Robinson, an influential figure in the sport


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Throwback

What a knockout

When you leglock with a master

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There’s levels to this…(@spaghettibjj)

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Quite the battle


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Midnight Mania! McGregor Channels Ivan Drago: ‘If Khabib Dies, He Dies’

Conor McGregor hasn’t been in the public eye much since the UFC announced his big superfight with Khabib Nurmagomedov was announced. There have even been rumors that he’s refusing to do media for this fight, deciding instead to spend every minute training for what many consider his toughest test in the Octagon. His Instagram account certainly backs up the time he’s spent in the gym. It’s photo after photo of McGregor looking beat after hard sessions.

The latest missive that made us take note, though, is this latest Rocky reference where McGregor channels Ivan Drago…

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If he dies, he dies then I’m paid twice.

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”If he dies, he dies,” McGregor wrote. “Then I’m paid twice.”

That’s an obvious callback to Rocky 4 after Ivan Drago beats Apollo Creed to death in the ring. Spooky. Who knows exactly how McGregor would get paid twice if that happens … it’s generally best not to consider this trash talk to seriously. Instead, let’s just appreciate the reference.


Insomnia

What do I do with my hands?

Cowboy sounding inspired!

Juicy.

PVZ TV?

More hard training.

Cup.

Meanwhile at AKA…

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#Brothers

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A much needed update from Nate Diaz.

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Shoutouts #NateDiaz #UFC230

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Return of the Roxy.

The struggle of the lower weight classes.


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‘Dark Lord’ Adesanya Warns All Middleweights: ‘If They Say My Name, They Might Get The Power’

Israel Adesanya might just be the next big star that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is looking for.

The 28-year-old former professional kickboxer made good on his Octagon arrival earlier this month when he flattened middleweight Rob Wilkinson via second-round TKO at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia. It was a spectacular finish for “Last Stylebender,” especially considering the hype that surrounded his UFC debut.

Now that Adesanya is in place to make a name for himself within the biggest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion in the world, he’s making it known that he’s willing to fight any middleweight UFC puts in front of him.

“I’ll fight anyone, anyone in the world,” Adesanya told MMAjunkie following his victory over Wilkinson at UFC 221. “I’ve never really had my fights cherry-picked. A lot of these guys will get into the UFC or even combat sports, like boxing or kickboxing, they get their fights cherry-picked. Not me. All my fights were fighting the best people from different parts of the planet.

“Now I’m in the UFC, people are like, ‘Feed him some cans first or get him a top 10.’ I don’t really care. Either one is a fight for me. Whomever I fight, my pay check is still the same. And I’m getting bonuses in all the rest of my fights.”

While Adesanya possesses promising skill inside of the cage, evident by his 12-0 professional MMA record and 50-5 record as a pro kickboxer, the Nigerian native is just as effective on the microphone. He’s confident, charismatic, and capable of turning out some pretty memorable sound bites (like this UFC 221 post-fight interview). It’s something that’s going to fuel Adesanya’s promotional ascension heading into the second half of 2018.

“No one’s really calling me out or saying anything yet,” Adesanya said. “I know these boys, they’re just treating me like the Dark Lord – he who shall not be named. They feel like if they say my name, they might get the power. Or maybe they’re scared. I don’t really care.

“All I know is I’m working. If you want to beat me, you better do it yesterday, because every f*cking day, I’m getting better.”

Adesanya has a lot of work to do if he’s ever going to climb the 185-pound ladder and threaten for UFC gold, but the “Last Stylebender” is confident that he’s as good as advertised.

“I’ve been there for a long time, you guys are just late to the party,” Adesanya said.

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Manager: There’s A 95-Percent Chance ‘Bones’ Fights In 2018 If…

Could Jon Jones return to the Octagon in 2018?

According to his manager, Malki Kawa, the chances of the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion fighting again inside the Octagon in 2018 are looking very good. In fact, the confident agent says there is a 95-percent chance “Bones” fights this year.

That is, of course, if United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) does the right thing and take everything they’ve gathered so far and realize that everything points to Jon telling the truth of never intentionally taking any banned substance.

Malki broke it all down during a recent interview on the Luke Thomas Show.

“By the end of this month I think we get some clarity on the issues. We have a hearing with the California State Athletic Commission and we’re hoping to get the investigation with USADA wrapped up by then, as well,” revealed Kawa.

“Hopefully it all works out that way. I got to assume that by the end of March, for a fact, we will get this resolved and get an idea of what it’s looking like. I’d like to say about a 95-percent chance (he fights in 2018).”

USADA busted Jones pissing hot following his championship win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, which ultimately lead to another suspension and “DC” getting crowned light heavyweight champion again.

“If USADA is a respectable organization, which I think that they are, and they take all the information they compiled, all the interviews that they’ve done and all the things they’ve seen, they know for a fact that Jon Jones was not cheating and he was not intentionally taking any kind of substance. I think they know that and everybody can come to that conclusion based on the circumstances of his situation. That’s the most I am going to say at this point because it is obviously on-going.”

Furthermore, Kawa pointed to Jon’s willingness to take a polygraph test on his own — which he passed — as further prove that “Bones” is an innocent man who is trying his hardest to prove his case.

Nevertheless, it will be an interesting few weeks waiting to see if in fact everything comes out roses for Team Jones. If it does, his presence will without a doubt shake up the 205-pound weight class once again, and talks of a trilogy fight against Daniel Cormier will surely ramp up.

After “DC” takes care of this business, of course.

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Midnight Mania! Frankie Edgar: ‘If he has questions, I have answers. I’m like Jeopardy’

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High noon is coming between New Jersey’s Frankie Edgar and Hawaii’s Max Holloway, too. Edgar feels that March 3rd in Vegas is his time. The matchup is the second attempt to make the fight, with Max whooping Jose Aldo in lieu of an injured Edgar at UFC 218. Via FloCombat:

“I have so many reasons why I feel like this is meant to be,” Edgar told FloCombat. “I obviously wasn’t thinking that way or being that optimistic when I got my face broken in practice. It felt like the world was crashing in around me, but I’m very happy things all still worked out because it all could have gone a much different way.

”Despite the things that happened everything pretty much stayed on track and I was able to still get this fight. That’s why I feel like it’s already written. I just have to go in there, follow through and make it happen.”

As far as the matchup goes, Edgar says the prospect of fighting Max gets his blood up. No one can ever accuse Edgar of not being as game as they come. Despite Holloway’s two wins over Aldo to Edgar’s two losses, the former lightweight champion is confident.

“Styles definitely make fights and I love this matchup,” Edgar said. “I’m hearing these people on the internet talking and asking how I’m going to beat him when I lost to [Jose] Aldo. MMA math doesn’t always work that way. I’m confident in my skills and I truly believe I’m still improving with each performance. I think that showed in my last fight because that was one of my strongest performances. I’m ready to go out there and have a defining fight with Holloway and he’s the perfect guy for me.

“He’s going to bring it. I’m not going to have to look for him out there and it’s going to be an exciting fight that’s for damn sure.”

True to his nickname, “The Answer”, Edgar is a notoriously difficult opponent no matter who he is placed against. He has only lost to three men in his life, avenged one of those losses, and arguably should have avenged the other. He has never been finished, and like Max, his cardio never fades. He made sure to point out his nickname accurately reflects who he is as a fighter.

“If he has questions he’s coming to the right guy for the answers. I’m like Jeopardy: What is…I’m gonna whoop that ass. That’s the answer he’s coming to find.”

That is a hell of a quote.


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Eddie Alvarez got in some absolutely incredible shape ahead of his soul-sapping fight with Justin Gaethje.

Let’s hope this means the UFC is going to Hawaii soon- so many great fighters to showcase.

That’s talent.

I’m a huge fan of this Sunday’s main event between Doo Ho Choi and Jeremy Stephens, because Choi is a baby-faced assassin, and Stephens is a Lil Heathen, but they will both stand in front of each other and attempt to take each other’s heads off.

Never shave. Chuck Liddell shows you why not.

Amanda Nunes is pretty attached to this belt.

Muay Thai fighter John Wayne Parr is doing parenting right… I think.

The UFC throwing their financial weight behind coaching certain fighters could result in some conflicts of interest down the road.

Even old Mike Tyson still had the power.

Gunnar Nelson is out in Iceland just eating sheep’s head and drinking a Coke.

This escalated quickly

Jeff Blatnick, potential originator of the term MMA? I didn’t know that.

Combat sports this weekend:


Quick Hits


Slips. Rips. KO Clips.

Some of these are indeed insane

This whole fight was fantastic. Now that Bobby Green doesn’t stop to explain why he’s not hurt every time someone punches him, he’s infinitely more watchable.

This is why fighters are optimists: because that mental resilience can really pay off big.

The official had no idea they were looking at a choke, until she demonstrated the other girl was out cold on the mat.


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Leonard Ellerbe lashes out at Mayweather vs. McGregor haters: ‘If you don’t want to watch it, don’t buy it.’

The Mayweather Promotions CEO wasn’t in too great of a mood at today’s media event from the Mayweather Boxing Club.

The Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor superfight is mere weeks away, but the hype for the fight seems to be slightly less than you’d expect considering the lofty expectations leading up to the official announcement. Maybe that’s why Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe seemed a lot less calm and composed than usual today during a media event at Floyd’s gym.

Ellerbe didn’t hesitate to lambaste the press, which has at best been giving Mayweather a heavy advantage and at worst writing it off as a cynical money grab.

“Mind your f**king business, you know?” he said. “It’s like do your job, cover the sport. Obviously, you have to give your opinion, which we understand that. It’s like, we don’t see you saying nothing else about anybody else’s events. We know what this is about. It’s like okay, one thing is for sure, you’re not gonna stop this event. The fans demanded this event and that’s what they’re gonna get. We didn’t ask for this.”

“That’s what’s wrong with boxing today. You guys are always complaining and looking for shit to complain about when there’s nothing there. That’s the reason why we can’t be innovative. That’s what Floyd Mayweather has done differently than anybody else. He’s thought outside the box.”

He didn’t exempt the fans, or at least the boxing purists denouncing the fight, from his rant.

“We appreciate all the fans,” Ellerbe said. “We don’t ever want to turn our back or say anything. But again, the hardcore fans, that’s the reason why our sport isn’t where football and basketball is. It’s because we stay in our own little box. It’s like, you tell me what’s wrong with these two guys fighting. If you don’t want to watch it, don’t buy it. It’s as simple as that.”

It sounds like Leonard is taking a page out of the Dana White school of promotion. The UFC president has never been shy about telling fans dissing his card to screw off and not buy it. With Mayweather vs. McGregor, it seems like a lot of people are still on the fence regarding whether they want to shell out the $ 99.95 to watch it. We’re not sure if Ellerbe’s rant today will have helped convince too many.

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Alexander Gustafsson on possibility of Jimi Manuwa getting title shot before him: ‘If Jimi gets it, I’m happy for him’

With the UFC light heavyweight title to be contested on July 29 at UFC 214 between current champion Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones, the question becomes who will be waiting in the wings for the winner. On that same night Jimi Manuwa will take on Volkan Oezdemir, in what could be a conditional No. 1 contender bout — meaning, if Manuwa wins, he could be next.

Then there’s Alexander Gustafsson.

Gustafsson is coming off an impressive fifth-round knockout over Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 109, which took place on May 28. Now with two wins in a row, Gustafsson is knocking at the door for a title shot, as well. And he has history with both Jones and Cormier.

His fight with Jones at UFC 165 is considered one of the best in UFC history, while his bout with Cormier at UFC 192 — a split decision loss — was among one of the most memorable. Yet even with those lures in his back pocket, Gustafsson — who trains with Manuwa at the Allstars Training Center in Stockholm — wouldn’t mind if the “Poster Boy” gets the next crack at a title. In fact, he said if that’s the case he’d likely congratulate Manuwa and give him a hug.

“Well, I haven’t spoken to Dana [White] yet, so let’s see what happens,” he said during an appearance on The MMA Hour. “If Jimi gets it, I’m happy for him. So let’s see what happens.”

Gustafsson said he will likely be in Anaheim for the fights in support of Manuwa, and to take in Jones-Cormier II. Should Manuwa win and be pegged as the next in line to challenge for the belt, Gustafsson made it clear he will not look to challenge Manuwa.

“I’d probably have to fight another guy, we’re not fighting each other,” he said. “We’re brothers now, and we’re training hard together. So that’s how we look at things. I’m just happy if he gets the fight, and we’ll take it from there.”

Then again, the 30-year old Swede said that he believed his win over Teixeira clearly places him near the peak of the division, and that he will be “looking to the top” for his next fight. He hopes his discussion with White will help clear things up.

Gustafsson’s rooting interest in the Jones-Cormier shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given that he has been very vocal about his distaste for Jones since his last bout. Gustafsson said that he didn’t believe Jones is a good person, and pointed out his casual references to using cocaine during the UFC’s Summer Kickoff press conference in Dallas.

“I’m excited to see the fight first of all, and I have to be honest, I like DC,” he said. “For me he’s a worthy champion, he’s a good guy. I hope he wins, but I wouldn’t say no to a fight against Jon Jones either. That’s the fight people want to see, and I will fight him. So, let’s see what happens.”

Gustafsson said he is hopeful that he will get a rematch with Jones down the line, even if it’s not for a title. Given the close nature of the first fight in 2013, he believes everyone involved would be interested, too.

“It’s one of those fights you really want. I want that fight, and I know the fans want that fight. And I know he wants the fight, too. So, yeah, probably.”

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Alexander Gustafsson on possibility of Jimi Manuwa getting title shot before him: ‘If Jimi gets it, I’m happy for him’

With the UFC light heavyweight title to be contested on July 29 at UFC 214 between current champion Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones, the question becomes who will be waiting in the wings for the winner. On that same night Jimi Manuwa will take on Volkan Oezdemir, in what could be a conditional No. 1 contender bout — meaning, if Manuwa wins, he could be next.

Then there’s Alexander Gustafsson.

Gustafsson is coming off an impressive fifth-round knockout over Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 109, which took place on May 28. Now with two wins in a row, Gustafsson is knocking at the door for a title shot, as well. And he has history with both Jones and Cormier.

His fight with Jones at UFC 165 is considered one of the best in UFC history, while his bout with Cormier at UFC 192 — a split decision loss — was among one of the most memorable. Yet even with those lures in his back pocket, Gustafsson — who trains with Manuwa at the Allstars Training Center in Stockholm — wouldn’t mind if the “Poster Boy” gets the next crack at a title. In fact, he said if that’s the case he’d likely congratulate Manuwa and give him a hug.

“Well, I haven’t spoken to Dana [White] yet, so let’s see what happens,” he said during an appearance on The MMA Hour. “If Jimi gets it, I’m happy for him. So let’s see what happens.”

Gustafsson said he will likely be in Anaheim for the fights in support of Manuwa, and to take in Jones-Cormier II. Should Manuwa win and be pegged as the next in line to challenge for the belt, Gustafsson made it clear he will not look to challenge Manuwa.

“I’d probably have to fight another guy, we’re not fighting each other,” he said. “We’re brothers now, and we’re training hard together. So that’s how we look at things. I’m just happy if he gets the fight, and we’ll take it from there.”

Then again, the 30-year old Swede said that he believed his win over Teixeira clearly places him near the peak of the division, and that he will be “looking to the top” for his next fight. He hopes his discussion with White will help clear things up.

Gustafsson’s rooting interest in the Jones-Cormier shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given that he has been very vocal about his distaste for Jones since his last bout. Gustafsson said that he didn’t believe Jones is a good person, and pointed out his casual references to using cocaine during the UFC’s Summer Kickoff press conference in Dallas.

“I’m excited to see the fight first of all, and I have to be honest, I like DC,” he said. “For me he’s a worthy champion, he’s a good guy. I hope he wins, but I wouldn’t say no to a fight against Jon Jones either. That’s the fight people want to see, and I will fight him. So, let’s see what happens.”

Gustafsson said he is hopeful that he will get a rematch with Jones down the line, even if it’s not for a title. Given the close nature of the first fight in 2013, he believes everyone involved would be interested, too.

“It’s one of those fights you really want. I want that fight, and I know the fans want that fight. And I know he wants the fight, too. So, yeah, probably.”

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Alexander Gustafsson on possibility of Jimi Manuwa getting title shot before him: ‘If Jimi gets it, I’m happy for him’

With the UFC light heavyweight title to be contested on July 29 at UFC 214 between current champion Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones, the question becomes who will be waiting in the wings for the winner. On that same night Jimi Manuwa will take on Volkan Oezdemir, in what could be a conditional No. 1 contender bout — meaning, if Manuwa wins, he could be next.

Then there’s Alexander Gustafsson.

Gustafsson is coming off an impressive fifth-round knockout over Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 109, which took place on May 28. Now with two wins in a row, Gustafsson is knocking at the door for a title shot, as well. And he has history with both Jones and Cormier.

His fight with Jones at UFC 165 is considered one of the best in UFC history, while his bout with Cormier at UFC 192 — a split decision loss — was among one of the most memorable. Yet even with those lures in his back pocket, Gustafsson — who trains with Manuwa at the Allstars Training Center in Stockholm — wouldn’t mind if the “Poster Boy” gets the next crack at a title. In fact, he said if that’s the case he’d likely congratulate Manuwa and give him a hug.

“Well, I haven’t spoken to Dana [White] yet, so let’s see what happens,” he said during an appearance on The MMA Hour. “If Jimi gets it, I’m happy for him. So let’s see what happens.”

Gustafsson said he will likely be in Anaheim for the fights in support of Manuwa, and to take in Jones-Cormier II. Should Manuwa win and be pegged as the next in line to challenge for the belt, Gustafsson made it clear he will not look to challenge Manuwa.

“I’d probably have to fight another guy, we’re not fighting each other,” he said. “We’re brothers now, and we’re training hard together. So that’s how we look at things. I’m just happy if he gets the fight, and we’ll take it from there.”

Then again, the 30-year old Swede said that he believed his win over Teixeira clearly places him near the peak of the division, and that he will be “looking to the top” for his next fight. He hopes his discussion with White will help clear things up.

Gustafsson’s rooting interest in the Jones-Cormier shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given that he has been very vocal about his distaste for Jones since his last bout. Gustafsson said that he didn’t believe Jones is a good person, and pointed out his casual references to using cocaine during the UFC’s Summer Kickoff press conference in Dallas.

“I’m excited to see the fight first of all, and I have to be honest, I like DC,” he said. “For me he’s a worthy champion, he’s a good guy. I hope he wins, but I wouldn’t say no to a fight against Jon Jones either. That’s the fight people want to see, and I will fight him. So, let’s see what happens.”

Gustafsson said he is hopeful that he will get a rematch with Jones down the line, even if it’s not for a title. Given the close nature of the first fight in 2013, he believes everyone involved would be interested, too.

“It’s one of those fights you really want. I want that fight, and I know the fans want that fight. And I know he wants the fight, too. So, yeah, probably.”

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Alexander Gustafsson on possibility of Jimi Manuwa getting title shot before him: ‘If Jimi gets it, I’m happy for him’

With the UFC light heavyweight title to be contested on July 29 at UFC 214 between current champion Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones, the question becomes who will be waiting in the wings for the winner. On that same night Jimi Manuwa will take on Volkan Oezdemir, in what could be a conditional No. 1 contender bout — meaning, if Manuwa wins, he could be next.

Then there’s Alexander Gustafsson.

Gustafsson is coming off an impressive fifth-round knockout over Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 109, which took place on May 28. Now with two wins in a row, Gustafsson is knocking at the door for a title shot, as well. And he has history with both Jones and Cormier.

His fight with Jones at UFC 165 is considered one of the best in UFC history, while his bout with Cormier at UFC 192 — a split decision loss — was among one of the most memorable. Yet even with those lures in his back pocket, Gustafsson — who trains with Manuwa at the Allstars Training Center in Stockholm — wouldn’t mind if the “Poster Boy” gets the next crack at a title. In fact, he said if that’s the case he’d likely congratulate Manuwa and give him a hug.

“Well, I haven’t spoken to Dana [White] yet, so let’s see what happens,” he said during an appearance on The MMA Hour. “If Jimi gets it, I’m happy for him. So let’s see what happens.”

Gustafsson said he will likely be in Anaheim for the fights in support of Manuwa, and to take in Jones-Cormier II. Should Manuwa win and be pegged as the next in line to challenge for the belt, Gustafsson made it clear he will not look to challenge Manuwa.

“I’d probably have to fight another guy, we’re not fighting each other,” he said. “We’re brothers now, and we’re training hard together. So that’s how we look at things. I’m just happy if he gets the fight, and we’ll take it from there.”

Then again, the 30-year old Swede said that he believed his win over Teixeira clearly places him near the peak of the division, and that he will be “looking to the top” for his next fight. He hopes his discussion with White will help clear things up.

Gustafsson’s rooting interest in the Jones-Cormier shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given that he has been very vocal about his distaste for Jones since his last bout. Gustafsson said that he didn’t believe Jones is a good person, and pointed out his casual references to using cocaine during the UFC’s Summer Kickoff press conference in Dallas.

“I’m excited to see the fight first of all, and I have to be honest, I like DC,” he said. “For me he’s a worthy champion, he’s a good guy. I hope he wins, but I wouldn’t say no to a fight against Jon Jones either. That’s the fight people want to see, and I will fight him. So, let’s see what happens.”

Gustafsson said he is hopeful that he will get a rematch with Jones down the line, even if it’s not for a title. Given the close nature of the first fight in 2013, he believes everyone involved would be interested, too.

“It’s one of those fights you really want. I want that fight, and I know the fans want that fight. And I know he wants the fight, too. So, yeah, probably.”

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