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    Default Alexander Gustaffson camp requests Lyoto Machida or UFC injury fill-in

    Alexander Gustaffson camp requests Lyoto Machida or UFC injury fill-in | News

    Gustafsson trainer Eric Delfierro today told MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps) that the Swedish light-heavyweight recently made two requests to UFC matchmakers: be an injury replacement for the division's next title fight, or face ex-champ Lyoto Machida.

    Of course, since Lyoto Machida is the No. 1 contender, he might wind up doing that anyway if the winner of an upcoming title bout between champ Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen is hurt or takes an extended break. Jones and Sonnen headline UFC 159 later this month.

    Machida, who outpointed Dan Henderson to secure a title shot, recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (MMA Radio, UFC Radio - MMAjunkie Radio) that he'd rather stay active than wait for the opportunity.

    Delfierro said Gustafsson is on vacation for at least another week following a disappointment in his native country. Scheduled to fight ex-Strikeforce champ Gegard Mousasi at UFC on FUEL TV 9 this past Saturday, he sustained a cut above his left eye in training, which prompted the Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation to nix his participation in the fight.
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    Bad move calling out Machida imo. Machida takes this . Goose wont beable to tag at will like the shogun fight

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    I think a fight with Machida makes a lot of sense. I don't think either of them have really done quite enough to earn a title shot (although both have done more than Chael) but they're both close and a fight between them would make a definite #1 contender.

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    Machida takes this easy imo. Hell I think Gus's best chance at beating Mousasi may have just passed him by too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1inthechamber View Post
    Machida takes this easy imo. Hell I think Gus's best chance at beating Mousasi may have just passed him by too.
    I like Gustaffson, though feel people are making him out to be much better than he really is at this point. Before he meets Jones he really needs another tough fight. And realistically if he cannot definitively beat Machida then he is not ready for Jones.

    I'd like to see this though, should be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rough-n-tumble View Post
    I like Gustaffson, though feel people are making him out to be much better than he really is at this point. Before he meets Jones he really needs another tough fight. And realistically if he cannot definitively beat Machida then he is not ready for Jones.

    I'd like to see this though, should be good.
    Why does Goose need to be babied any further? Look at how much and what competition he has beat.

    It's as simple as if he beats Machida then he is ready and deserving of a title shot, if not, then he isn't.

    Why make it more complicated?


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    Quote Originally Posted by rough-n-tumble View Post
    I like Gustaffson, though feel people are making him out to be much better than he really is at this point. Before he meets Jones he really needs another tough fight. And realistically if he cannot definitively beat Machida then he is not ready for Jones.

    I'd like to see this though, should be good.
    I agree, I also think Gus should have to face a good wrestler. Ever since his loss to Davis he's been kept away from wrestlers imho and we know Jones would definitely seek to exploit that. Until he doesn't prove his wrestling has improved, I don't really think he'll do much vs Jones

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    i was so interested in goose/mousasi, but apparently gegard will be out for quite some time. a fight with machida makes absolutely perfect sense. i was set on machida getting a rematch with a win over hendo, but i'm sorry - his performance was not enough. a win over alexander would solidify him as the undisputed number one contender (and vice versa).

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    Aside from Machida, the only relatively top LHW available for Goose, depending on the timeline return from injury is Bader, and I'm not too certain if he'll be ready any time soon.

    Goose could be a replacement for Hendo/Evans or Te Huna/Texeira if an injury occurred, but outside of Machida, if he wants to fight soon-ish, LHWs of note he could be paired up with aren't really at his ranking level, such as Manuwa or Hamill, which would be majorly risky for Goose....

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