The saga between Jon Jones, Alexander Gustafsson, Daniel Cormier and Dana White has been a hot button issue all week long. White fired the next shot in an interview with the Albuquerque Journal, saying Jones will fight Gustafsson next.
“Gustafsson’s next in line,” White said to the Journal. “Even Cormier said, ‘Listen, I hope this whole things works out for me and I get the shot, but even I believe that Gustafsson deserves the next shot.’ [Gustafsson is] the No. 1 contender, he’s waited for this rematch and [Cormier] even agrees.”
Jones released a video on his Instagram account yesterday stating his desire of wanting to Cormier next instead of Gustafsson, but the video was quickly deleted from his account. White says every time Jones starts to gain momentum with the fans, he squashes it with his actions.
“As soon as [Jones] starts to build some steam and starts to become the star that you think he can be, he comes out and doesn’t want to fight somebody,” White said. “You’re the champion, you’re the pound-for-pound best guy in the world, and he says he wants to be known as the best ever. Well, you don’t turn down opponents, you know what I mean? You’ve got to fight all the best in the world, anyway. You’re the man; everybody’s gunning for you.”
White and Jones, along with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta will be meeting on Thursday to discuss the situation.