Gustafsson on EA game: "I'm going to use Jones as a punchbag"

FO: What was your reaction to being the fans’ #1 pick?

“I am very happy to have been chosen and I feel great about it. Actually it is a little surreal, I can’t wait to see myself on the cover.

FO: Do you think that you should really be on the left side, in Jones’ spot, holding that belt?

Well yes and no. I want to beat the champion and take the belt so that is one thing, I would have been on the cover for definite then.

But the fact that it was the fans who chose me is a bigger thing to me. I really cannot believe it, it is a great honor for me and I really have to thank the fans from the bottom of my heart.

FO: Who did you expect to win?

Obviously Georges St Pierre was the favorite, never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that I would have beaten him in the vote.

Regarding his year off, if that is what he wants to do then he should do it.

FO: Once you get a copy of the game, who are the first characters you will play as?

Jon Jones - I will fight myself and lose to myself, ha! Or I could pick Jon Jones for one side and not plug the controller in, so he just stands there and I can use him as a punching bag haha!

FO: Prediction for Jones vs. Teixeira?

I think Jones will win that fight. Glover is a tough guy but Jones has too many weapons and too many different ways to win.

FO: And your thoughts on Manuwa?

He’s a great fighter, 14 wins and 14 finishes. He is a very dangerous guy but I believe I have more skills than he has. You never know how the fight is going to go but I am going to make sure that I am the best version of Alex Gustafsson I can be.

FO: Are you happy with the fight being in London rather than Sweden?

London is close, its almost home like Sweden. I fought in the 02 before, I know the arena well and I think we will get a lot of Swedish fans coming over. I think you’ll see a lot of screaming Swedish fans.

FO: Recently we visited Alliance MMA in San Diego and to a man your team mates said “No way” does Jones want a rematch with you. Do you think he wants that rematch?

Good question. I don’t know. I hope he wants the rematch, I hope he wants to try and make a statement.