Following Anthony Johnson’s stunning, first round stoppage win over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on FOX 14, more than few people have proposed that the latter fight Daniel Cormier next. Well, it looks like “DC” is definitely on board with the idea.
As you all know, Gustafsson would have locked up a rematch with light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones, provided he had defeated Johnson on Saturday night. Now that Johnson is set to fight “Bones”, however, it remains to be seen who the top contender will fight. Since Cormier is coming off a loss to Jones, and is a top ranked, 205’er, Gustafsson vs. Cormier makes a lot of sense right?
Cormier appeared on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour” on Monday, and while discussing the proposed fight with “The Mauler”, here is some of what the decorated wrestler had to say (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“He’s got the biggest name,” Cormier said. “We’re both coming off of a loss. So it would make sense. If that’s the case, if they say Daniel, you and Alexander fight, and the winner will get a title shot against Anthony or Jon, then, yes.”
The AKA fighter went on to add that he doesn’t pick fights, and noted that at one point he was scheduled to fight Rashad Evans, even though they were buddies. Evans went down with a knee injury and Cormier ended up taking out Patrick Cummins last February. Evans, of course, remains in the mix, as the former champ is currently ranked #4. So, Gustafsson could also be tapped to fight Evans.
“Maybe the golden ticket is Gustafsson,” Cormier added, while discussing the title shot picture. “Because if Rashad gets Gustafsson, maybe Rashad gets the title shot.”
It’s certainly going to be interesting to see what comes next for Gustafsson and Cormier, but, one would think the UFC will have some tough decisions to make, if Jones beats Johnson. Will there be enough interest later in 2015 for Jones-Cormier II, Jones Gustasfsson II or Jones-Evans II? Maybe, depending on what goes down, but maybe not.
If Jones retains the belt after facing Johnson, some fights at heavyweight could very well be a possibility.