And the belt could be defended in Sweden, assuming "The Mauler" can rally the troops and prove to "the big boss" that Swedish fans will show up, starting with UFC Fight Night 53 on Oct. 4 in Stockholm (more on that card here).
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight number one contender, Alexander Gustafsson, is getting the winner of Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier, who throw down in the UFC 182 main event on Jan. 3, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Does that mean Anthony Johnson gets the shaft?
Gustafsson also mentioned in today's Facebook update that he's willing to fight another top opponent in the interim, since a potential title fight is at least eight months away, depending on how things unfold between Jones and Cormier in "Sin City."
"Me and my team had a great call with the big boss Mr. Lorenzo Fertitta. I got a guarantee that I will face the winner of Jones or Cormier for a title shot and that it could happen in here in Sweden. So I would like to ask my fans here in Sweden to come and show your support in Globen 4th of October for my team-mates, Ilir Latifi, Niklas Bäckström, Magnus Cedenblad, Tor Troéng and the remaining fighters and show to the UFC that we can make some proper noise. We need to show UFC that we really can fill up an arena for 60,000 people for the title fight and what kind of atmosphere they can expect when we break the record of the biggest audience ever for any sports event in Sweden. That is what I want, I want Jones or DC, the winner to come here and fight me, I deserve that! With that said, meanwhile, if the UFC wants, I am ready to fight any other opponent they put in front of me."
Gustafsson vs. Johnson in the co-main event of UFC 182?
I would be down for that. So too, would the majority of mixed martial arts (MMA) fans, judging by how evenly split the support has been for both "The Mauler" and "Rumble." And if Gustafsson can put Johnson on ice, we could see the next 205-pound title defense in Sweden.
Lots of moving parts here Maniacs ... stay tuned.
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