Alexander Gustafsson still training with Davis, expects Jones in next bout
Swedish light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson isn't planning to change anything when it comes to his training camps.
The recent UFC title challenger said a recent report that he will no longer be training with San Diego's Alliance MMA "came out totally wrong."
"What I meant is that I'm based in Sweden and train in Sweden full-time," Gustafsson today told MMAjunkie.com. "I go to Alliance from time to time when I have a camp, and I'm part of the Swedish Allstars Team and the Alliance team. We have a really close relationship.
"I will always be representing both of the teams. What I'll do probably is if I fight in Sweden in the future, I'll have my camp in Sweden and bring guys out here. But still, Eric Del Fierro and Team Alliance will still be a part of my camp and my training."
Gustafsson also corrected a quote from the story that said he no longer trained with Alliance's Phil Davis, who became his friend and training partner they fought in 2010, and his hint that a fight between the two was on the horizon.
"Me and Phil are training partners and close friends, and I prefer not to fight friends," he said. "So that's my thought on the whole thing. If we would be [scheduled] to fight each other, let's take that question then. But as it seems right now, we're training together, and we will continue to train with each other.
"So it's not that we're going to stop training with each other because we are training partners. That's how it will be in the future, too."
At this moment, Gustafsson is unsure of when and whom he'll next fight, so he hasn't discussed the arrangements he'll make with his foreign and domestic teams. Only a few days ago, he returned to the gym for the first time since UFC 165, where he gave a valiant effort against champ Jon Jones before he lost a narrow decision.
Despite delivering what was widely considered to be a star-making performance – a gaggle of fans and media greeted him at the airport when he returned home, and interview requests are a constant – Gustafsson said not getting the belt "bothers me every second of every day."
"But it's going to give me much more motivation to train," he said.
Although many fans expected to see an immediate rematch between Jones and Gustafsson, the UFC instead booked Glover Teixeira for the next title shot. The two will meet at UFC 169 on Super Bowl weekend.
Gustafsson deflected an answer to the question of whether the promotion's choice disappointed him, but he said, " Jonescan fight whoever he wants to fight. I will be in the corner waiting for him. He will fight me eventually. And I can't wait for that to happen."
If Jones (19-1 MMA, 13-1 UFC) does as Gustafsson (15-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) expects against Teixeira (22-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC), who's won his past five in the UFC, a rematch will be closer than ever.
"I think Jones will stay on the outside and do his thing and stay away from Glover's power and win the fight," Gustafsson said.
When he returned to the hotel after the Sept. 21 fight, Gustafsson said that despite his exhaustion, he hardly slept. Now back home, he said he will work on improving his technique for another meeting with Jones.
Until the UFC tells him he's not fighting the champ, he'll assume that's what's next.
"I'll take whoever they give me, but as long as I don't have an opponent, in my mind, it's Jon Jones," Gustafsson said.