After his loss to Jon Jones for the vacant Light Heavyweight title at UFC 232 then his highly anticipated 5-round bout with Anthony Smith in the near future, three time title-challenger Alexander Gustaffson spoke on the Ariel Helwani MMA Show about losing twice against Jones, and the possibility on if he does lose to Smith, that if it may also be the end of his professional MMA career.
Gustaffson said the following:
“He’s a big hitter and he has a lot of heart and he has a lot of fights behind him,” Gustafsson said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, per MMA Fighting’s Shaun Al-Shatti. “He’s a guy with a good team behind him, and this is going to be a real challenge. And that’s why I’m doing this, to challenge myself. When I beat him, I’m going to just move in the rankings. If I don’t beat him, if he beats me, then maybe I don’t have it anymore. So I’ll just take it from there.”
“I’m not the right guy to judge him,” Gustafsson continued. “I just fought Jon and lost myself. He showed some heart and he took some damage and just kept moving, so he’s a warrior and I can’t wait to have him over and give the fans a really good show.”
Gustaffson has previously fought against the likes of: Mauricio Rua, Thiago Silva, Jones, Daniel Cormier, Anthony Johnson, Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira with 3 out of 6 ending with his hand being raised.